AMUK releases inaugural action plan to boost Additive Manufacturing ecosystem in the UK

Companies & MarketsNews
January 10, 2024

January 10, 2024

AMUK has released its first annual action plan with the aim of addressing the challenges related to the AM ecosystem in the UK (Courtesy AMUK)
AMUK has released its first annual action plan with the aim of addressing the challenges related to the AM ecosystem in the UK (Courtesy AMUK)

Additive Manufacturing UK (AMUK), a trade association representing UK companies engaged in all aspects of the Additive Manufacturing value chain, spanning materials manufacture to post-processing of parts, has released its inaugural AMUK Annual Action Plan.

The plan details the current state of AM in the UK and outlines the specific steps that the trade association plans to take to address the challenges related to skill development, establishment of standards, and optimisation of the UK supply chain.

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The action plan establishes the member-set challenges and subsequent actions that AMUK will aim to undertake over the next 12 months. The three key challenge areas reported are:

  • Supply Chain – Education, Adoption, Visibility and Qualification
  • Skills – Education, Training and Recruitment
  • Standards – Roadmap, Testing, Certification, Inspection and Materials

Each of the challenges will undergo an annual assessment to determine if the actions taken are effectively driving forward the AM ecosystem in the UK.

Currently, the UK share of the global AM market is reported to be approximately 4% and valued at $690 million (£560 million). With the right support, input, and action to create an environment in the UK where Additive technology thrives, AMUK believes that the UK could capture almost 7% of the global market by 2030 which is expected to be in the range of $4billion to $6billion.

To read the full action plan, click here.

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