thyssenkrupp plans 3-D printing hub for Singapore

thyssenkrupp will be establishing an Additive Manufacturing TechCenter hub in Singapore this year, as an extension to its facility in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
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Dr Kaufmann together with Dr Koh, senior minister of state for trade and industry; Mr Lim, assistant MD EDB; Mr Bay, Singapore ambassador in Germany; and the EDB team

The technology group announced its plans at Hannover Messe 2019, a trade fair for industrial technology, and said the facility is part of its initiative to bring engineering and innovation capabilities to customers in the Asia-Pacific.

The Singapore Additive Manufacturing TechCenter hub, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), is looking to "unlock the potential" of additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing.

thyssenkrupp first launched a dedicated TechCenter for additive manufacturing in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, in 2017, with capabilities to deliver the full spectrum of the additive-manufacturing value chain.

Dr Donatus Kaufmann, member of the executive board of thyssenkrupp and responsible for technology and innovation, said: "We have made great strides with our Additive Manufacturing TechCenter in Germany. Establishing a hub in Singapore now reflects our commitment to bring our transformative innovations closer to the Asia-Pacific region to meet our customers' needs."

Additive manufacturing in the region is expected to grow in worth to more than US$5.5 billion by 2025. The Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 or RIE2020 Plan of Singapore, which is the country's roadmap for research and development, includes additive manufacturing as one of the key enablers that will support its push for leadership in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

"thyssenkrupp's Additive Manufacturing TechCenter hub is an exciting addition to Singapore's growing ecosystem of additive-manufacturing technology providers. We are delighted that thyssenkrupp has chosen to anchor the centre in Singapore," said Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the Singapore EDB.

The new TechCenter in Singapore, together with the existing TechCenter in Germany, will focus on innovations around additive-manufacturing solutions in metal and plastic technologies for customers in mining and other heavy industries.

Thyssenkrupp said it will provide a complete range of additive-manufacturing services from part identification diagnostics, project delivery to training and capability building.

The TechCenter hub will also host additive-manufacturing engineers who will work together with their colleagues in Germany to develop various products and solutions leveraging on this innovation.