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20th March 2018, Worcester

Siemens to build £27 million additive manufacturing centre

Siemens is to build the biggest-to-date 3D-printing factory in the UK at a cost of £27 million, creating more than 50 new jobs for its Worcester-based business Materials Solutions.   

The new building, set to open in September 2018, will increase the company’s fleet of 3D printing machines from 15 to 50 over the next five years.

Siemens is to build the biggest-to-date 3D-printing factory in the UK. © Siemens

The new factory will be fully powered by Siemens Digital Enterprise technologies solutions – an end-to-end portfolio comprising software-based systems and automation components which cover every conceivable requirement arising along the industrial value chain and therefore harness the potential of digitalisation.

The expansion of the business will support the creation of around 55 high quality new jobs, increasing Materials Solutions’ team of engineers, metallurgists and manufacturing specialists to 80 and making it a global centre of excellence within the additive manufacturing sector. It will also be a focal point for collaboration between Materials Solutions and the already sizeable UK Siemens Digital Factory division.

Materials Solutions offers comprehensive services for engineering and printing up to the complete manufacturing of parts for the aviation industry, the automotive industry, power generation and motor sports.

Siemens acquired a majority stake (85%) in Materials Solutions, a pioneer in the use of selective laser melting (SLM) technology for the manufacture of high-performance metal parts, in 2016. The business has grown considerably over the last two years.

“This significant investment underlines our belief that there is huge potential for innovation and growth within the Additive Manufacturing sector,” said Juergen Maier, Siemens UK CEO. “It is also the next step towards achieving our ambition of pioneering the industrialisation of 3D printing and demonstrates how we are leading the way for the fourth industrial revolution,”

Juergen Maier recently led the Made Smarter review for Government on behalf of industry in the UK. The in-depth review which forms part of the UK industrial strategy called for much greater national investment in additive manufacturing, arguing it will significantly boost industrial productivity and create new highly skilled jobs.

“If the UK’s manufacturing sector is to grow and thrive, we must embrace digital technologies and build new industries based on them,” he said. “Our vision and ambition for Materials Solutions perfectly represents how we are putting this strategy into practice.”

“Britain has a proud manufacturing heritage and through our Industrial Strategy the government has set out a vision and plan that will build on this strength and create an environment that enables manufacturers to continue to thrive,” said the UK’s government’s business secretary Greg Clark. “The investment being made by Siemens into UK advanced manufacturing demonstrates the confidence businesses have in the strategy.

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