LPW’s metal powders are used to make everything from turbine blades and car parts to medical implants. Its PowderLife software helps individual customers comply with their industry’s manufacturing quality standards. LPW has offices in America, Germany and Italy and distribution partners in further seven countries, including China and Japan. Under founder and chief executive, Phil Carroll, 39, sales grew to an annualised £10.4m last year. Funded in part by April’s undisclosed investment from American 3D printing company Stratasys, the Cheshire firm plans to spend £20m over the next two years to develop its manufacturing facilities and product range.
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