ICD Alloys expands into EU

April 21, 2017

ICD Alloys & Metals LLC has extended its reach into the European market after opening doors at newly established subsidiary ICD Europe Ltd in the UK.

"Our purpose-built facility is based in the heart of the British steelmaking and metallurgy industry in Sheffield," ICD said in statement. "ICD Europe is perfectly positioned to cater for customers in the UK and across Europe."

The new facility is now fully equipped to handle the processing and handling of super alloys, prime metals and ferro-alloys, IDC Alloys & Metals LLC md Wayne Hawkes confirmed to Metal Bulletin sister publication AMM, while noting that the plant is also capable of vacuum preparation.

"The opportunity of capturing and reacting to a buoyant European market along with timing was and is absolutely critical," Hawkes told AMM. "Consumers need, want and demand a proactive supplier that able to react to just-in-time deliveries."

Through the expansion into Europe, the company aims to improve its flexibility and its ability to service and adapt quickly to evolving customer needs.

"I have been in the industry 19 years but the newly formed ICD Europe Ltd is a really exciting expansion," Hawkes said to AMM. "The wealth of knowledge, technical experience and the full backing of our facilities in [the US state of] North Carolina and offices in China gives us something different to bring to the market."

Hawkes, who will oversee operations at the European facility, has garnered experience across various industrial sectors over that time, including the aerospace, oil and gas, medical, petrochemical, automotive and electronics industries.

Initial construction of the facility was completed in January, followed by the commissioning of the plant and machinery in mid-March, Hawkes said.

ICD Europe Ltd, officially incorporated on October 21, will supply the European market with nickel and cobalt super alloys, tantalum, hafnium, rhenium, molybdenum, tungsten, niobium, ferro-alloys, rare earth elements as well as various intermediates and oxides of these products.