LPW Technology Ltd, which supplies metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM) has been named in the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 for the first time.

The league table ranks the UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales, and LPW has entered at number 29, making it the top-performing organisation in the North West of England, the company said.

In 2015, exports accounted for almost 75% of LPW’s sales. It has established a US subsidiary to meet the growing demand from the North and South American AM markets, has sales offices in Germany and Italy, and a global network of resellers in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Turkey.

‘We understand that to achieve the challenging growth rate we have set ourselves, we have to both innovate, and look to the global market place,’ said Dr Phil Carroll, founder and CEO of LPW. ‘We recognised early that there is a world-wide demand for the premium quality, traceable metal powders we supply. […] ‘As we enter our tenth year, we’re continuing to scale up our operations.’

The company is building a purpose-built £20 million facility in Widnes, and expects to recruit to up to 120 positions by mid-2019.

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