- Completion of expansion will support demand for additive manufacturing technology in the region and material development globally
Novi, MI, October 24 – EOS, the global technology leader for high-end solutions in additive manufacturing (AM), recently completed its $2 million investment in the North American market, bolstering its AM materials development and production, and customer service and supply-chain capabilities.
EOS’ new investments come at a time of growing demand for additive manufacturing technology and expertise in the North American market. Applications for AM in aerospace, medical devices, automotive and beyond have expanded, with many organizations looking to increase their existing AM capabilities. Over the past year, EOS’ install base grew 25 percent and the company launched several new offerings and AM production level systems.
Added Space and Equipment Investments Bolster Material Creation
Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), an EOS subsidiary dedicated to the development of high-value materials for use in industrial 3D printing, doubled the size of its Temple, Texas facility to 23,000 square feet. This includes an expanded research and development lab where ALM partners with customers on formulating, testing and manufacturing new polymer AM materials. ALM also increased warehouse space for improved logistics to handle up to four times its current customer deliveries.
“The primary goal of our investment at the Temple facility is to boost our ability to rapidly create new materials for additive manufacturing. More and more, we see that specialized material solutions linked with the systems and processes supplied by EOS are a key element of success in this industry,” said Donnie Vanelli, COO of EOS North America. “Over the past several years, we’ve partnered with companies from aerospace to medical industries to develop new AM materials and designs to better serve their business. We’re looking to do more of that.”
Supporting Customer Service Demands Locally
Adjacent to the EOS Pflugerville, Texas, Technical Center, the company has increased its warehouse space by 45 percent, making notable improvements to operational effectiveness, accuracy and safety of the facility, and ability to service North American customers quickly. Newly gained space provides room for adequate inbound and outbound, pick, pack and ship area, while the new space and layout simplifies access points to increase EOS’ ability to get parts to customers overnight.
“An all-new warehouse can sound a bit dry, but this gives us significant improvements to our operations, which is critical as our installed base of systems grows, “said Cornelis Hagen, Warehouse and Logistic Manger, EOS North America. “Customer satisfaction is our primary goal and the new space allows us to do that in a more accurate, effective and cost-efficient manner than before.”
Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) specializes in material research, development and consultation for industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Founded in 2004, ALM remains focused on providing customers with application-specific, quality-tested materials and engineering support to meet the most complex product specifications and production requirements. ALM offers the largest selection of laser sintering solutions with onsite capabilities to produce standard and specialized materials in varying quantities. Based in Temple, Texas, ALM is a wholly owned subsidiary of EOS Group.
EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.