Thyssenkrupp to Open Additive Manufacturing Hub in Asia

April 8, 2019

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Thyssenkrupp to Open Additive Manufacturing Hub in Asia
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German technology group thyssenkrupp will open a new hub for 3D printing research in Singapore this year that will foster innovations in plastic and metal additive manufacturing for a variety of industries in Asia Pacifc, including automotive, chemical, mining, and other heavy industries. 

The Singapore Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub will serve as the regional arm of thyssenkrupp’s Mülheim TechCenter in Germany. Once operational, the facility will house additive manufacturing engineers that will collaborate with counterparts in Germany to create new solutions and products, the company said in a press release Monday. 

“We are delighted that thyssenkrupp has chosen to anchor the center in Singapore. thyssenkrupp will be well positioned to leverage our diverse manufacturing base and strengths in Industry 4.0 to serve the needs of customers in Asia Pacific,” Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board, said in a statement. “This investment is further testament to Singapore’s growing reputation as a hub for additive manufacturing research and deployment in the region and beyond.”

The additive manufacturing market in Asia Pacific is projected to climb to a value of $5.5 billion by 2025. A report by Singapore’s government included 3D printing as one of the key factors that will propel the country’s growth in advanced manufacturing and engineering over the coming years. 

“thyssenkrupp has always been at the forefront when it comes to innovation in engineering,” Dr. Donatus Kaufmann, a thyssenkrupp AG board member in charge of technology and innovation, said in the release. “We have made great strides with our Additive Manufacturing TechCenter in Germany. Establishing a hub in Singapore now reflects our commitment to bring our transformative innovations closer to the Asia Pacific region to meet our customers’ needs.”

The company’s first additive manufacturing TechCenter opened in 2017. 

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