SLM Solutions Group AG, Lübeck, Germany, has opened a new application centre in Shanghai, China, and expanded its Chinese head office, established in 2015. The opening of the new application centre and expansion of its offices is expected further strengthen the company’s presence and support offering to local customers in Asia’s market.
According to SLM Solutions, the new facility is equipped with one four of its metal Additive Manufacturing machines: an SLM®125 system, two SLM®280 systems, and one SLM®500 system. The application centre is also said to house equipment to support the full Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) process chain, including post-processing capabilities, a metallurgical lab and best practice examples for powder storage and use.
The company reported that over 100 customers, industry contacts, and local government representatives attended the opening ceremony, receiving a tour of the new customer service and application engineering centre and learning about the company’s customer success stories. Meddah Hadjar, CEO of SLM Solutions Group AG, stated, “China is a growth market for us as the manufacturing sector is continuing to transform with industrial Selective Laser Melting applications. This new office not only continues our commitment to the Chinese market, but also provides more resources for our local experts to support customers, ensuring they are successful and facilitating their innovation.”
Jerry Ma, General Manager of SLM Solutions (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., commented, “As we continue to grow our Chinese team, the opening of our Shanghai Application Center is an important milestone in SLM Solutions’ development and indicates the confidence in the Chinese market. As part of the global strategy for growth, we have the capacity to more than double our number of employees and the equipment to support all Chinese users with the technological resources shared by our applications centres around the world. We can also provide high quality, fast technical services to better promote the development of selective laser melting and create more value for customers.”