Norsk Titanium and Clarkson University Launch Initiative to Develop Rapid Plasma Deposition™ Workforce Training, Research Programs
North Country Region of Upstate New York to become Center of Excellence for Advanced Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology and Production
PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK — October 21, 2016 — Norsk Titanium AS, the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, today announced that its subsidiary, Norsk Titanium US Inc., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a strategic relationship with Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.
Under the terms of the agreement, Norsk Titanium and Clarkson University will join forces with the common aim of developing new research projects relating to advanced metal additive manufacturing through Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™ ) process, create education programs to prepare Clarkson graduates for careers in additive manufacturing, launch workforce training programs in support of Norsk’s Plattsburgh production facility, and execute technology demonstration and transfer opportunities together.
“This week’s signing ceremony and working session with Clarkson University is indicative of the excitement and commitment the men and women of Norsk Titanium feel about moving our operations to the North Country,” said Norsk Titanium President & Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr. “With our first MERKE IV™ production machine arriving here this week, we are building a foundation of futuristic aerospace production that requires the best and brightest engineers, scientists, operators, and staff to be trained and prepared to revolutionize this industry.”
“We are pleased to welcome Norsk Titanium to the North Country and to Clarkson University to initiate this exciting relationship,” said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. “I look forward to aligning Clarkson’s rich engineering and research programs with Norsk’s advanced production technologies to give our students the most state-of-the art education possible.”
Officials from Norsk Titanium and Clarkson University held a program summit meeting on the Clarkson campus to kick off the joint initiative. Attendees included University President Tony Collins, Provost Charles Thorpe, Norsk Titanium CEO Warren M. Boley, Jr., and Senior VP of Operations Chris Bohlmann.
On September 26, 2016 Norsk Titanium announced the opening of their 67,500 square foot Plattsburgh Demonstration & Qualification Center (PDQC), and on October 18, 2016 the first of twenty MERKE IV™ RPD™ machines destined for Plattsburgh arrived from Norway and was loaded into the new facility. The PDQC facility is funded by a Norsk Titanium investment designed to accelerate production and the creation of jobs and economic development in the Plattsburgh-North Country region.