Credit: Oerlikon AM - part produced with the new alloy |

Oerlikon that has made a real splash in the industry this year with new partnerships signed with aerospace companies, plans to strategically realign its additive manufacturing business and consolidate its AM production in the US.

As a reminder, Additive Manufacturing is a business of Oerlikon’s Surface Solutions division. The business was founded as a start-up to develop and produce novel 3D applications for sectors such as aerospace and semiconductor.

The company said the US are the largest growth market for AM, and due to the adverse market conditions for AM in Germany, growth opportunities can be limited.

We may not have all the arguments that led Oerlikon’s to this decision but we’re sure about one thing, the company continues to apply the ‘try everything, fail fast’ ethos CEO Markus Tacke described in his conversation with 3D ADEPT Media.

Focusing AM production in Huntersville, North Carolina, brings the business closer to the US growth sectors, such as semiconductor, and also enables the business to benefit from the more conducive US framework conditions and higher market acceptance for disruptive technologies. In the future, European and other international customers are planned to be served from the US, a press release reads.

In close coordination with existing customers, the current production at Barleben and Shanghai are planned to be relocated in 2024. The R&D site in Garching, Germany, will focus on developing new advanced materials, surface coating technologies and digitalization, the company says.

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