- New plant will boost amorphous alloy powder production capacity to meet future demand -
Epson Atmix Corporation has announced the completion of construction work on a new factory for amorphous alloy powder*1 production at its Kita-Inter Plant, in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. A group company of Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson", TSE: 6724), Epson Atmix is the world's leading*2 manufacturer of superfine alloy powder. The new factory will begin operations in January 2018.
Epson Atmix's superfine alloy powders are used as raw material in a host of high-performance components found in products ranging from automobiles and smartphones to wearable products and medical equipment. In 2004, Epson Atmix became the first company in the world*3 to successfully mass-produce amorphous alloy powder using an original production method called SWAP*4 (spinning water atomization process). Amorphous alloy powders have high magnetic flux densities and low energy loss in addition to excellent high-frequency characteristics. These characteristics make amorphous alloy powders extremely attractive as performance-enhancing, highly functional material powders that enable small, low-power voltage control components and that support high frequencies and large currents.
Demand from the smartphone, wearable product, low-power component, and automotive industries in particular has been growing by the year, and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Epson Atmix has invested approximately 1.25 billion yen in the new factory, construction on which started in November 2016, to meet expanding demand for amorphous alloy powders.
Going forward, Epson Atmix plans to increase its amorphous alloy powder production capacity in stages from the current 2,000 tons per year to approximately 6,000 tons per year by 2025.
Epson Atmix is committed to leveraging its unique metal powder manufacturing technology to continue to create customer-pleasing, trusted products and services.