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Oerlikon to consolidate AM production in the US

Due to the US being the largest growth market, as well as limiting growth opportunities in Germany

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Oerlikon, an integrated additive manufacturing service provider, plans to strategically realign its additive manufacturing business and consolidate its AM production in the US – as it is the largest growth market for this technology. According to the company, adverse market conditions for AM in Germany are currently limiting growth opportunities.

Oerlikon to consolidate production in the US due to it being the largest growth market, as well as limiting growth opportunities in Germany.

Focusing AM production in Huntersville, North Carolina, will bring the business closer to the US growth sectors (such as the semiconductor industry) and also enable the business to benefit from the more conducive US framework conditions and higher market acceptance for disruptive technologies. In the future, European and other international customers are planned to be served from the US.

In close coordination with existing customers, the current production at Barleben and Shanghai is planned to be relocated in 2024. The R&D site in Garching, Germany, will focus on developing new advanced materials, surface coating technologies, and digitalization.

Additive Manufacturing is a business of Oerlikon’s Surface Solutions division and was founded as a start-up to develop and produce novel 3D applications for sectors such as aerospace and semiconductor production.

The Swiss company has positioned itself as a metal AM and product development partner by integrating and scaling the entire additive manufacturing value chain to handle its clients’ projects from beginning to end. By offering materials and surface technologies, design, production and testing of industrial metal-based components, Oerlikon is uniquely positioned to advance the industrialization of AM.

Today Oerlikon offers customized, cutting-edge manufacturing solutions to the aerospace, semiconductor, automotive, power generation and tooling industries, as well as other high-tech sectors. Solutions include materials, process and applications engineering, certified manufacturing processes, post-processing of parts and quality management.

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