A digital manufacturing expert which employs hundreds of people in Staffordshire has opened a new 3D printing centre in Europe.
Telford-based Protolabs has launched its new €16m facility in Putzbrunn near Munich in a move which will see it increase its additive manufacturing capacity by around 60 per cent.
Protolabs says the expansion will mean it will be able to serve its UK customers “even faster” – including those in the automotive, aerospace, electrical, industrial, medical and energy sectors.
Bjoern Klaas, vice president and managing director of Protolabs Europe, said: “We are very pleased about the opening of our new European 3D printing centre in Putzbrunn and the strategic importance it will have for customers in the UK.
“The new production facility expands our capacity and enables further growth for pioneering 3D printing technologies in the future. Our UK customers will enjoy an even greater range of services and this latest investment will undoubtedly help us meet our promise of delivering prototypes and low-volume production parts in just a few days.”
Protolabs has been operating in Telford since 2005 and employs around 450 people in the town.
It provides custom components in as fast as one day, using automated 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding technologies.
Mr Klaas added: “The opening of the 3D printing centre illustrates our long-term corporate strategy, which is geared towards fast -evolving technologies, rapidly shifting markets, environmental considerations and world-class employees.
“In doing so, we want to fulfil our social responsibility, as well as deliver an unparalleled service through digital manufacturing. This approach enables our customers to more rapidly develop their products, go to market faster, reduce manufacturing costs and achieve a flexible supply chain throughout the entire product lifecycle.”