Focusing AM production in Huntersville, North Carolina will bring the business closer to the US growth sectors, such as semiconductors. The US market also offers better framework conditions, market acceptance and applications for disruptive technologies.
European and other international customers will be served from the US.
The current production in Barleben, Germany and Shanghai, China will be relocated in 2024. The R&D site in Garching, Germany will focus on developing new advanced materials, surface coating technologies and digitalization.
Oerlikon’s AM business is part of the company’s Surface Solutions division. The business was founded as a start-up to develop and produce novel 3D applications for sectors such as aerospace and semiconductor.