Henkel Invests in 3-D Printing Additives Research

Posted on 8/15/2018 7:21:00 AM By ASC

Henkel is investing €18m in a new R&D facility in Dublin, Ireland, where its researchers will focus on the development and demonstration of new materials for use in 3-D printing. The facility where they will work consists of laboratories as well as customer-service offices, 3-D printing facilities, and conference facilities. Further expansion is planned during the next two years. The initiative enjoys the support of Ireland’s government and consists of a four-year investment plan that will expand Henkel’s capacity for the development of new adhesive technologies.

The company cites existing on-site expertise and the existing 3-D printing industry in Ireland as the reason for its choice of location which it hopes will serve as hub for 3-D printing advances throughout Europe.

An innovation and interaction center forms part of the complex and will serve as an information, service, and training center for clients from various sectors including the MedTech, manufacturing, and automotive industries. Henkel expects additive manufacturing to be of “crucial importance,” and believes that its center in Ireland will further enhance its reputation for the development of novel technologies.

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