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Immensa establishes $15 million 3D printing factory in Saudi Arabia

Aligned with the Kingdom's 'Vision 2030' strategy to localize manufacturing

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Immensa, an additive manufacturing and digital warehousing company, has established a new factory worth $15 million in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to enhance 3D printing capabilities for businesses in the country. With a vast area of 1,500 square meters, the facility aims to produce high-value parts on demand for industries such as petrochemicals, energy, and oil and gas. The inauguration of the plant was officiated by Osama bin Abdulaziz Al-Zamil, the vice minister of industry and mineral resources.

This venture aligns with the Kingdom’s objectives of localizing manufacturing, enhancing competitiveness, and creating sustainable job opportunities. Immensa’s chairman, Ali Abdulaziz Al-Turki, emphasized the company’s expansion plans driven by local talent and engineers. By empowering the industrial ecosystem, Immensa aims to establish Saudi Arabia and the broader region as leaders in local on-demand advanced manufacturing.

The newly constructed facility will serve as the first privately-owned center for industrial-grade additive manufacturing in the Kingdom and is expected to cater to markets in Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. Immensa utilizes General Electric’s additive printers, including the largest metal laser melting machine in the region.

As part of the Vision 2030 strategy to diversify the economy, Saudi Arabia is positioning itself as a global manufacturing hub. Minister of Industry and Minerals, Bandar Alkhorayef, highlighted the evolving manufacturing landscape in the country during the World Economic Forum in Davos. He emphasized the potential for increased complexity and advanced products, facilitated by technologies like artificial intelligence and 3D printing. Alkhorayef also stressed Saudi Arabia’s strategic location, abundance of natural resources, access to diverse markets, and emerging talent as factors that contribute to its prominence in the global manufacturing sector.

The Saudi government aims to act as an “enabler” for investments in the manufacturing and industrial sectors by ensuring a supportive regulatory framework, robust infrastructure for future factories, and the development of human capital through education and training initiatives, as stated by the Minister of Industry and Minerals.

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