Renishaw is this week opening a new 80,000 sq ft Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center in Pune, India. It will be equipped with the latest AM systems and staffed by knowledgeable engineers to allow fast access to deploying the technology, all at fixed predictable costs.
The facilities at the new plant will include a customer demonstration and training facilities, a procurement operation to directly source high quality components from Indian vendors, a large software development team, and a 100% Export Orientated Unit (EOU) which manufactures certain products that were previously procured and where assembly costs are critical to competitiveness.
Clive Martell, head of global additive manufacturing, explains: “Renishaw's vision is to make AM a mainstream manufacturing technology, used in series production of high performance parts for aerospace, medical, automotive, oil & gas, mould & die and consumer products. The technology will enable companies to design and make innovative products with spectacular gains in performance and efficiency.”
But it’s expensive for companies to move into additive manufacturing so Renishaw is building solutions centres in various countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and China, to help customers access the technology more easily. These facilities provide a confidential development environment in which firms can explore the benefits that AM can bring to their products, and quickly build their knowledge and confidence in AM as a production technology.
Marc Saunders, director of Renishaw’s Global Solutions Centers adds: “Whilst AM can create complex geometries in a single process step, some level of finishing is generally required to produce functional products. Renishaw's knowledge of metrology, machining and finishing processes can help customers to develop an integrated manufacturing solution for their innovative new product.”
The new Pune Solutions Center maintains the company's long term commitment to the Indian market. Renishaw has been trading in India for over 30 years, with offices in five cities, plus resident sales engineers in other key areas and now employs some 340 staff in India.
It will sit alongside Renishaw's existing strategic additive manufacturing development locations with the company planning to build further centers.