Anglo-Russian energy firm En+ Group plc’s United States subsidiary Rusal America announced earlier this week its partnership with additive manufacturing center Neighborhood 91, which will be the home of Rusal America’s new aluminium additive manufacturing powder business.
Rusal America announced the beginning of its aluminium additive manufacturing powder segment in January this year. The firm says its move into the field is proof positive of its desire to become a major player in aluminium additive manufacturing powder on the continent in the next several years.
C. Brian Hesse, President and CEO of Rusal America, elaborated upon the decision to house its aluminium 3D printing powder business at Neighborhood 91 in a related press release emailed to Aluminium Insider.
“En+ Group is the world leader in low-carbon aluminum through our ALLOW brand. By enabling sustainable operations, Neighborhood 91 is an ideal location from which to expand our presence in the AM powders market without compromising on our core sustainability principles. We remain committed to enabling our customers to play a vital role in the sustainability value chain and to playing an active role in the innovation ecosystem at Neighborhood 91 in the years ahead.”
Paul Hoback, Chief Development Officer, Pittsburgh International Airport (which is the site of the Neighborhood 91 campus), greeted the development as a major step forward for his organization as well.
“Rusal America’s commitment to Neighborhood 91 is another important step in the evolution of additive manufacturing at the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus. We are thrilled to welcome Rusal America as the latest partner, further demonstrating the viability of Neighborhood 91 and the success of its ecosystem as a first-of-its-kind AM powerhouse.”
Neighborhood 91 is the world’s first operation to combine all elements of the end-to-end additive manufacturing and 3D printing supply chain. It is also the cornerstone of the new 195-acre Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus in western Pennsylvania.