Metal powder manufacturer Equispheres, based in Ottawa, Canada, has been awarded funding and support from cleantech organization Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

According to the company, it will receive CAN$8 million to scale up its aluminum metal powder production capacity over the next two years.

Equispheres’ powders are designed specifically for additive manufacturing (AM) in the automotive and aerospace industries, and reportedly allow parts to be manufactured faster and up to 30% stronger and lighter than traditional AM powders.

‘This support from SDTC speaks to the importance of our powder technology as a key to achieving significant emissions reductions in the automotive sector,’ said Kevin Nicholds, CEO. ‘The funding from SDTC will help Equispheres to continue to accelerate our production capacity and support this important work by our automotive partners.’

‘With Equispheres’ powder set to remove 100–200 kg of mass from an automobile, this would be the equivalent to removing 75 million cars off the road!’ added Leah Lawrence, president and CEO, SDTC.

Equispheres has also reportedly formed a consortium including a major automotive manufacturer and an aerospace company to improve the weight optimization potential of its powders to drastically reduce vehicle weight and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

This story uses material from Equispheres, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.