Nikon creates new Advanced Manufacturing unit in the US

With the goal of becoming a key technology solutions company by 2030, Nikon has been reaching critical milestones with a strategic emphasis on digital manufacturing. The latest one is the formation of Nikon Advanced Manufacturing, Inc. that will begin its operations in July 2023.

This new customer-centric digital manufacturing solutions company will be based in California, United States, and serve as the global headquarters of the Advanced Manufacturing Business Unit established in April 2023.

Previous milestones in this Nikon Vision 2030 strategic plan –  set forth in Medium-Term Management Plan (FY2022 – 2025) – include the launch of new growth businesses such as advanced manufacturing. As a reminder, this has resulted in acquisition of SLM Solutions Group AG (SLM), a global provider of integrated metal additive manufacturing solutions, and prior to that, Morf3D Inc. (Morf3D), a provider of end-to-end solutions in additive manufacturing.

These transformative programs culminated in the launch of Nikon Advanced Manufacturing, Inc., which will be in charge of scaling and managing all assets including organically developed as well as consolidation, synergizing, harmonization and governance of acquired entities.

This will be the first time in its more than 100-year history, that the global headquarters of a Nikon business unit will be outside of Japan. SLM, Morf3D and other Nikon digital manufacturing investments will consolidate within Nikon Advanced Manufacturing, Inc. and the new company will also be responsible for existing additive manufacturing business. The California location provides excellent proximity to customers and partners including the aerospace, space and defense industries, and will bring together a highly skilled, diverse and inclusive team focused on the success of the organization and its customers, a press release comments.

While SLM and Morf3D will continue to separately support their own customers’ programs and requirements, Nikon will also help turn global turn-key factory opportunities for customers at locations of their choosing.

 “Nikon DED additive, subtractive and CT scanning solutions are perfectly complemented by the industry-leading L-PBF systems from SLM Solutions as well as Morf3D’s strong innovation pipeline and specialized aerospace qualifications. Nikon Advanced Manufacturing will enable us to work together with our partners and customers to unlock the incredible potential of advanced manufacturing and contribute to a more sustainable society,” Yuichi Shibazaki, Co-CEO, concludes.

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