3D printer manufacturer Stratasys has opened a new logistics center in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. This new warehouse will help Stratasys strengthen its UK-based business units and better support its network of users in the UK with rapid delivery of industrial 3D printers, materials and services.
The UK additive manufacturing market is currently estimated at approximately £500 million and is expected to grow by 10% annually over the next four years. Stratasys has already installed over 3,000 industrial 3D printers across the UK. This latest investment will help accelerate the supply of high-quality engineering thermoplastics and resins for end-product manufacturing.
The new warehouse will enable duty-free trade and give Stratasys broader and faster access to the UK market. Additional investment in automation technologies at the site will further reduce delivery times for UK customers. Solar panels and rainwater harvesting technologies have also been incorporated into the build to mitigate the environmental impact of on-site operations.
“The UK has become a highly strategic area for us. Therefore, it is critical that we are closer to the market in terms of presence while having the increased flexibility to improve our overall service offering. Reducing lead times is one of our key objectives and this state-of-the-art warehouse facility on UK soil will enable this,” says Yann Rageul, VP of Commercial Enablement at Stratasys.