Neighborhood 91 in Pittsburgh’s International Airport Innovation Campus is welcoming Rusal America’s new aluminum additive manufacturing (AM) powders business to the AM production campus being created. Rusal America, Rye Brook, NY, is a subsidiary of Russia’s En+ Group PLC, an energy and metals company. The company will use the Pittsburgh location for powder storage. According to C. Brian Hesse, Rusal America president and CEO, “By enabling sustainable operations, Neighborhood 91 is an ideal location from which to expand our presence in the AM powders market without compromising on our core sustainability principles.” The company recently announced intentions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions across its business by at least 35 percent by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
Neighborhood 91 is a collection of like-minded 3D printing supply chain businesses located in one central location on a 195-acre campus to create efficiencies. The area’s amenities include on-site noble gas production and recycling, a microgrid with inexpensive power, proximity to an international airport for transport, and access to all the components needed for AM within a 2-hour radius of the city. These synergies make the location ideal for Rusal America’s efforts to collocate capital resources.
Other companies that plan to move to the site include Pittsburgh-based Wabtec Corp., a manufacturer with 3D printing labs in Erie and Grove City, PA, that plans to make transit-related components. Wabtec is a global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions, and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Arencibia, a gas recycler based in Lehigh County, PA, is slated to build a new plant to supply and recycle argon, helium, and neon used in the AM process. (6/21)