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SLM Solutions opens new application center in Shanghai

Further growth expected in the key Asian market

Just a couple of days ago SLM Solutions reported a Q1 financial performance below expectations, however, as is often the case in a young industry such as 3D printing, single quarter reports can be misleading. The company seems to be actually headed for further healthy growth as it inaugurated new expanded office facilities and application center for its Chinese HQ SLM Solutions Shanghai. After establishing Chinese operations in Shanghai in 2015, the new facility will strengthen SLM Solutions’ presence in China and allow local staff to collaborate with customers to foster selective laser melting innovation.

With over 100 customers, industry contacts, and local government representatives, SLM Solutions celebrated with festivities and a tour through the new customer service and application engineering center. The event presented an opportunity to celebrate customer success stories, such as Divergent3D on the prospects for industrializing metal additive manufacturing. A customer workshop training followed on the second day, focusing on SLM Solutions’ technical products and services as well as standardization processes.

SLM Solutions Shanghai
Over 100 customers, industry contacts, and local government representatives celebrated the grand opening.

The new facility has four selective laser melting machines installed, one SLM®125, two SLM®280, and one SLM®500 system. The application center also includes equipment to represent the supporting process-chain to an SLM build, including post-processing capabilities, a metallurgical lab and best-practice examples for powder storage and operation. Expanded capacity for calibration equipment, spare part storage and a growing customer support team will allow the company to continue its growth in the region.

SLM Solutions Shanghai
The new facility has four selective laser melting machines and numerous metal components

“China is a growth market for us as the manufacturing sector is continuing to transform with industrial selective laser melting applications,” Meddah Hadjar, CEO of SLM Solutions Group AG said. “This new office not only continues our commitment to the Chinese market, but also provides more resources for our local experts to support customers, ensuring they are successful and facilitating their innovation.”

Meddah Hadjar, CEO of SLM Solutions Group AG speaks at the celebration.

“As we continue to grow our Chinese team, the opening of our Shanghai Application Center is an important milestone in SLM Solutions’ development and indicates the confidence in the Chinese market. As part of the global strategy for growth we have the capacity to more than double our number of employees and the equipment to support all Chinese users with the technological resources shared by our applications centers around the world. We can also provide high-quality, fast technical services to better promote the development of selective laser melting and create more value for customers,” says Jerry Ma, General Manager of SLM Solutions (Shanghai) Co., Ltd..

SLM Solutions Shanghai

Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is 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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