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GKN Powder Metallurgy opens state-of-the-art customer center in Bonn

Combining metal powders, sintering and AM under one roof

After opening new customer centers in China and North America earlier this year, GKN Powder Metallurgy launched a third customer center in Germany on July 10th. The state-of-the-art facility in Bonn is a setting for customers and partners to experience all aspects of powder metallurgy and additive technologies.

The customer center allows GKN Powder Metallurgy to host tailored visits for customers and business partners to meet their specific interests. Visitors can also explore the integrated innovation showroom with its cutting-edge showcases that feature the full range of GKN Powder Metallurgy’s technology strategy. Similar to all global locations, the center in Bonn is equipped with spacious conference and training rooms for hands-on workshops.

Enabling innovation

“Today, emerging countries can manufacture products of the highest quality. This means we have to further accelerate innovation in Germany,“ says Guido Degen, President Additive Manufacturing at GKN Powder Metallurgy. “Our experience centers are an ideal platform for intensifying partnerships with our customers and strengthening collaboration. By discussing specific business challenges and evolving industry trends, we can identify areas of growth potential together.”

For those who are not yet familiar with GKN, or have lost track of its recent rapid expansion and growth, especially towards offering AM production services, GKN Powder Metallurgy now positions itself as a full metal shapes solutions provider, shaping powder metal into high performance and high precision components. The company consists of GKN Hoeganaes, GKN Sinter Metals, and GKN Additive to provide powder materials, conventional components, and Additive Manufacturing production. These three focused businesses are united under one brand. Altogether the company counts 7,400 employees at 30 locations around the world.

More than 7.2 million parts per week

GKN Powder Metallurgy employs more than 500 people at its IATF 16949-certified site in Bonn. Here, 7.2 million parts are produced per week in conventional powder metal compaction and metal 3D printing. The plant was founded in 1934 and is a recognized engineering partner for the automotive industry, known for reliability and a high level of innovation and quality.

“We have great confidence we’re heading in the right direction because we are working with the world’s most amazing companies,” explains Peter Oberparleiter, CEO at GKN Powder Metallurgy. “We’re developing groundbreaking products with our customers, refining 3D printing processes with our partners like HP Inc. and EOS, and creating our own digital solutions driven by the collective ingenuity of our people. GKN Powder Metallurgy’s focus on innovation will allow us to strengthen our position in the market even more in the future. “

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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