Metal AM solutions provider AddUp, Clermont-Ferrand, France, has announced the expansion of its operations into North America. The company will open its first fully operational Customer Technology Centers in the USA in 2018, and states that it will continue to open centers in the USA and Canada over the coming years, at locations targeted to support customers adopting metal Additive Manufacturing for series production.
AddUp’s Customer Technology Centers will be staffed with experts in metal AM part design advice, industrial process strategy and sales and service support. At each centre, engineers will use fully equipped on-site production equipment to demonstrate the company’s industrial AM solutions. As in AddUp’s European Technology Centre, each demonstration area will feature AddUp machines and systems used to make single prototypes or pre-series production runs using various metal powders.
“We believe the best way to support the market in North America is to manufacture our machines and systems in North America,” explained Matt Shockey, AddUp’s USA Operations Director. “The expansion plan extends much further than launching AddUp’s products and Customer Technology Centers in North America. Alongside establishing the regional centres, we will manufacture and assemble AddUp machines and systems in the USA by Q1-2019.”
Alexandre Lahaye, AddUp Global Sales and Marketing Director, added, “We look forward to introducing our robust machines and industrial process solutions to North America. As we expand our operations into the US and Canada, we will continue to support North America from our headquarters and the European Technology Centre in Clermont-Ferrand, France. We are accepting orders from customers in the USA and Canada for a delivery date of early 2018.”
AddUp was created in April 2016, after the formation of Fives Michelin Additive Solutions in 2015 by Fives and Michelin. The joint venture aims to bring unique expertise to machine and industrial production line development using metal Additive Manufacturing.