Technogenia Launches its Laser Cladding Technology in Canada
New Lasercarb® hardfacing centers in Edmonton and Toronto latest step in worldwide expansion
SAINT-JORIOZ, France, September 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Technogenia, a specialist manufacturer of highly resistant anti-wear coatings based on
tungsten carbide, is opening two new Lasercarb(R) hardfacing centers in Canada, as the
French company’s global expansion continues apace. The centers feature the firm’s unique
Lasercarb(R) laser cladding technology.
Technogenia (http://www.technogenia.com) opened its new Lasercarb(R) center in
Edmonton, Alberta, in June 2013. Named Technogenia Western Canada, the center is a joint
venture with an individual Canadian partner, and has been opened to meet demand for
Technogenia’s products from the oil and gas sector in western Canada, which is largely
being driven by the extensive oil sands in the north west of the country.
The second Lasercarb(R) center in Canada is to be opened by the end of 2013, in
Guelph, near Toronto, Ontario. This center is to be called Technogenia Lasercarb(R)
Canada, and will be a subsidiary of Technogenia. While this center will also meet demand
from the oil and gas sector, it will be designed primarily to serve customers in the
mining sector, as well as agriculture businesses and power stations.
These two new hardfacing centers are opening with one Lasercarb(R) machine each, and
are likely to install additional machines over the coming years. The two centers will
significantly extend Technogenia’s presence in North America. The company already has
eight Lasercarb(R) machines installed at its centers in the US, with five machines at
Technogenia’s subsidiary in Houston, Texas, which was opened in 2007, and three at its
subsidiary in Oklahoma, which was opened in 2010. The main market for the US Lasercarb(R)
centers is the oil and gas sector.
In addition, there are three Lasercarb(R) machines at Technogenia’s UK Lasercarb(R)
center, which is based at Technogenia’s UK partner Laser Cladding Technology, near
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and was opened in 2003. Technogenia’s first Lasercarb(R)
center was opened at Technogenia’s headquarters in Saint-Jorioz, in south eastern France
in 1993. It has one machine, with a second likely to be added soon.
Technogenia is planning on opening more Lasercarb(R) hardfacing centers in the US, as
well as in Asia, the Middle East and Russia, as demand grows across the world for its
Herve Maybon, Sales and Strategy Manager at Technogenia, says: “The main idea behind
the Lasercarb(R) centers is to be close to our customers, and provide them with a local
He adds that the Lasercarb(R) centers provide a full service to customers. “As well as
new components, we can also treat parts which need to be repaired – we give them a second
life. We also provide customer planning services.”
Lasercarb(R) (http://www.technogenia.com/services/lasercarb) is a trademark of
Technogenia, and the company’s Lasercarb(R) centers treat a range of components from a
variety of customers using Technogenia’s unique Lasercarb(R) laser cladding technology,
which uses the heat from a laser to melt tungsten carbide applied in powder form,
resulting in excellent adhesion and an exceptionally hard deposit.
Using this process, both external and internal surfaces can be built up, including the
interior of tubes with a diameter of 50 mm or more.
“This technology is extremely well suited to components used for the radial bearings
of downhole drilling motors,” explains Maybon. “In addition, the fact that it can be used
for internal as well as external coatings opens up various possibilities, not only in the
drilling sector but also in other industries, such as ceramics, food processing and tunnel
Meanwhile, Technogenia, alongside its UK partner Laser Cladding Technology, exhibited
at this year’s edition of the biennial petroleum industry trade show Offshore Europe,
which took place in Aberdeen, UK on September 3-6, 2013.
Technogenia will also exhibit at the next edition of the annual global offshore
resources event, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which takes place in Houston on
May 5-8, 2014.
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