Just weeks after 3D printer manufacturer Markforged reported an $82 million investment, the company has announced a significant expansion with the opening of its first official European headquarters. The new HQ is based in Dublin, Ireland and is being launched in cooperation with the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The new facility in Dublin marks the company’s first major expansion beyond its base outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In fact, the new HQ is Markforged’s first international office and will function as a base for the company’s expanding European operations. The broader expansion plan aims to meet the growing demand for Markforged’s industrial-grade metal and composite 3D printers.
“Launching our Dublin operations is a huge milestone for Markforged as we look to strengthen our business overseas,” said Darcey Harrison, Global VP Sales, Services, and Partnerships at Markforged. “Our experience working with IDA Ireland has been nothing but exceptional—we’re thrilled to be joining such a thriving tech community with such support.”
Over the course of the next three years, Markforged plans to hire roughly 100 new employees at the Dublin headquarters. There are currently a number of positions listed for a range of functions, including business operations, customer solutions, engineering (electrical, mechanical, quality, software), finance, marketing, manufacturing operations, R&D, sales and more. Stephen Barbuto, EMEA Director of Commercial Sales, is leading the hiring team.
The company ultimately chose Dublin for its base because of the city’s relative proximity to Boston and Ireland’s rich technical talent pool. It is also a strategic location for serving the EMEA region.
Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, commented on the new HQ, saying: “I am delighted that Markforged has chosen Dublin as its new European HQ. We all know the strong potential of 3D printing and I warmly welcome their presence in Ireland and the creation of 100 highly skilled jobs. We already have a strong footprint of High-Tech companies in Dublin and we are very keen to expand that by attracting a wider range of specialist companies such as Markforged.”
The new headquarters is the first phase in Markforged’s plans for global expansion, though the company’s growth and expansion could have been anticipated. In recent years, the company has been ramping up with international operations significantly with the development of a global partner network spanning 50 countries and hiring application engineers and business development leaders across the globe.
“The decision by Markforged to locate their European headquarters in Dublin again confirms Ireland’s reputation as the premier location for fast-growing, innovative companies to build and support their future international growth,” added Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, an agency tasked with attracting foreign investments. “I wish Markforged every success and offer the continued support of IDA Ireland.”