ATI and Bruker Announce Agreement to Further Advance Niobium-Based Superconductor Technology and Manufacturing Processes
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) and Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bruker Corporation, today announced that they have entered into a joint technology development agreement to advance state-of-the-art niobium-based superconductors, including those used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnets for the medical industry, and preclinical MRI magnets used in the life-science tools industry.
Built on a 30-year collaboration between the two companies, this agreement further extends their tremendous combined expertise to develop higher-performance niobium-based alloys and apply these alloys in improved and more efficient superconductors, which are expected to enable MRI magnets with higher performance and lower total cost of ownership. The resulting products are expected to have applications in medical imaging, scientific instrumentation, particle physics research, and large-scale fusion experiments to produce energy. The advanced manufacturing and metrology processes, as well as the highly differentiated new superconductors planned under this agreement will deliver higher performance, ultimately aiming to give healthcare providers better diagnostics to improve lives. At the same time, the fully integrated supply chain will allow for process innovation to even further increase efficiency, quality and supply chain security for demanding customers.
Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies is a leading manufacturer of highest performance superconducting wire products with a product portfolio that includes high-quality niobium-based superconductors. With more than 50 years of experience in the field of superconducting wire, BEST offers a unique and broad superconductor technology spectrum, a highly automated superconductor factory with the most advanced and integrated metrology capabilities to ensure highest conductor yield, quality and on-time deliveries. BEST has invested heavily in these unique capabilities over the last decade in order to meet a wide range of requirements for healthcare, industrial and research applications.
“This long-term agreement further strengthens the extensive cooperation between ATI and Bruker,” commented Dr. Burkhard Prause, President of BEST. “We believe this collaboration will further advance the combined expertise within our businesses to create new and improved superconductor products and deliver enhanced commercial value for our healthcare and life science customers.”
ATI, a global leader in refractory metal production and manufacturer of specialty alloys, materials, and components, brings more than 50 years of experience as a leading manufacturer of niobium-titanium and other specialty alloys for medical and high-energy physics applications. “ATI has long led the industry with its technical expertise and differentiated manufacturing capability for niobium-based alloys for superconductors,” said Lee Weber, President of ATI Specialty Alloys and Components. “This new agreement expands our collaboration, so we may create the specialty materials that will propel the industry. The Relentless Innovation™ for which ATI is known is truly saving lives and improving the future for generations to come.”
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