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IMR Metal Powders joins KBM online marketplace

New aluminum materials now available for additive manufacturing applications

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Austria’s IMR Metal Powder Technologies has finalized its agreement with US-based KBM Advanced Materials, LLC for the sales and distribution of IMR’s aluminum metal powders for additive manufacturing. KBM has established a unique metal powder marketplace and distribution network in North America. IMR’s high-quality aluminum metal powder offerings will now be available to this network increasing users’ access to quality powder products.

IMR Metal Powders joins KBM online marketplace with new aluminum materials now available for additive manufacturing applicationsThomas Rimmer, IMR CEO, said: “By offering our Aluminum alloy powders on the platform of KBM our US customers have now access to their products on short-term notice which supports their inventory management optimization as well as fast response to new business opportunities in a still evolving and sometimes difficult to predict market environment. The availability of IMR’s products to the US AM community from a local warehouse with the expert service of KBM were the main reasons for moving into this exciting opportunity.”

IMR has been a leading provider of industrial metals, semi-finished products, and chemical products for over 30 years, marketing their products globally. IMR metal powders are known for their quality, consistency, and competitive pricing. There will now be a dedicated stock of IMR material at KBM’s warehouse in Ohio, providing just-in-time access to producers of aluminum parts.

IMR focuses its production of aluminum alloy powders to the additive manufacturing industry and is a partner for the development and production of customer-specific powders for laser powder bed fusion (PBF-L/M), Direct Energy Deposition (DED), and other processing technologies.

KBM offers products and services to consumers of AM powders in the USA and Canada. The business model results in KBM having large amounts of stock available for order at any given time, allowing customers to order and receive their metal powder quickly and efficiently. KBM is
North America’s largest marketplace for metal powders, allowing customers access to a variety of alloys and producers. It is also the only online marketplace with transparent pricing and access to a variety of producers.

Kevin Kemper, KBM CEO, also commented, “KBM is excited to partner with IMR to increase accessibility of their metal powders in North America. On-demand availability of products differentiates producers into those that can ship products when consumers need it and those that have a lead time. Our e-commerce solution features an easy-to-use interface, secure online transactions, detailed product information, pricing transparency, and the ability to ship products within a day of purchase. We want it to be easy and efficient for part producers to procure the raw materials they need to be successful. IMR is a strong and exciting addition to our offering.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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