The Swiss company Oerlikon announced that it is strategically realigning its Additive Manufacturing business unit. Production is to be concentrated in the USA, as this is the largest growth market for this technology and the challenging market environment for AM in Germany is limiting growth opportunities.
The concentration of production in Huntersville, North Carolina, brings the business closer to the American growth markets such as the semiconductor industry. It also enables the company to benefit from the better framework conditions and higher market acceptance for disruptive technologies in the USA. European and other international customers are to be supplied from the USA in future.
The existing production at the Barleben and Shanghai sites is to be relocated in close coordination with existing customers in 2024. The research and development site in Garching will be continued with a focus on new, modern materials, coating technologies and digitalization.
Additive Manufacturing is a business unit of Oerlikon’s Surface Solutions Division. The business was founded as a start-up and develops and produces innovative 3D applications for sectors such as aerospace and the semiconductor industry.