GE Additive inaugurates new Concept Laser site for serial Additive Manufacturing

September 16, 2019

GE Additive inaugurates new Concept Laser site for serial Additive Manufacturing
GE Additive Lichtenfels inauguration ribbon cutting. From Left: Heidrun Piewernetz (District President Oberfranken), Andres Hügerich (Mayor of Lichtenfels), Debbra Rogers (Chief Customer Officer, GE Additive), Jason Oliver (President & CEO, GE Additive), Christian Meißner (District Chife Executive Lichtenfels), Kerstin and Frank Herzog (Founder of Concept Laser), Bernd Sibler (State Minister of Science and Arts, Bayern) and Emmi Zeulner (Member of German Federal Parliament) (Courtesy GE Additive)

GE Additive has inaugurated its new campus in Lichtenfels, Germany. Officially known as GE Additive Lichtenfels, the 40,000 m2 site will become the new home for GE Additive Concept Laser teams. An opening ceremony in Lichtenfels was officiated by Bavarian Minister of Sciences, Bernd Sibler, and attended by local politicians and business partners.

The opening of the site marks the latest in a number of investments from GE Additive in its European and North American manufacturing facilities, designed to meet increasing demand for its technologies as many customers shift to serial Additive Manufacturing. In addition to GE Additive Lichtenfels, the company recently opened a new facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a centre of excellence for its Arcam EBM products.

GE Additive inaugurates new Concept Laser site for serial Additive Manufacturing
GE Additive Concept Laser systems installed at the GE Additive Lichtenfels campus (Courtesy GE Additive)

The GE Additive Lichtenfels campus has capacity for up to 700 employees, and the transition of production from the current Concept Laser site to the new facility will continue throughout 2019. A planned office block is  currently under construction, and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Jason Oliver, GE Additive’s President & CEO, commented, “Today is great milestone for GE Additive, for Frank and Kerstin Herzog and the entire Concept Laser family. There has been a lot of interest in the building over the past three years, both locally and from our customers. We want this modern, Lean manufacturing production facility, here in Bavaria, to become a global focal point for the additive industry.”

www.ge.com/additive 

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