GE Additive Opens new Concept-Laser Facility in Germany
LICHTENFELS, Germany—GE Additive recently opened a 40,000-square-meter campus here called GE Additive Lichtenfels. The facility is the new home for the company's concept laser teams. The opening ceremony in Lichtenfels was officiated by Bavarian Minister of Sciences Bernd Sibler and attended by local politicians and business partners.
The GE Additive Lichtenfels campus has capacity for up to 700 employees. The transition of production from the current Concept Laser site to the new facility is well underway and will continue throughout 2019. The office block is still under construction – is scheduled for completion in 2020–with remaining teams relocating shortly thereafter.
“There has been a lot of interest in the building over the past three years, both locally and from our customers," says Jason Oliver, president and CEO of GE Additive. "We want this modern, lean manufacturing production facility, here in Bavaria, to become a global focal point for the additive industry. We have created a collaborative environment for our customers and our teams. And, making the campus a great place to work for our people has been a top priority from the early planning stages.”
GE Additive continues to invest in its manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America, to meet increasing demand for its technologies as more customers shift to serial additive manufacturing production. In addition to GE Additive Lichtenfels, the company recently opened a new facility in Gothenburg, Sweden as a center of excellence for its Arcam EBM products.