20 Nov 2014
Expansion into North America on the back of growing demand for laser additive manufacturing systems.Concept Laser, a pioneer of techniques for laser melting with metals, has opened a US subsidiary in Dallas, Texas - building on its existing operations in Germany and China. Growth in demand for its LaserCUSING systems over the past few years has led to this strategic addition, the company said. John Murray has been named CEO of the newly-formed Concept Laser Inc.
Frank Herzog, President and CEO of the German-headquartered company, said, "As our global customer base continues to grow, our strategy of expanding Concept's spread will greatly benefit our customersin the USA and Canada. Demand for our LaserCUSING systems is up so we are excited to see the expansion of our team. Our long-term strategy and vision for the company are coming to fruition.
”John Murray brings a wealth of additive manufacturing knowledge, which we know will provide strong support and innovative solutions to our customers. Establishing an office in the USA is just the first step as part of our longer-term vision for the company.”
North American additive manufacturing markets are developing dynamically, said Herzog. "The primary drivers continue to come from the aerospace industry. The US aerospace sector systematically calibrates its manufacturing strategies toward additive approaches like no other country in the world. Other important segments of the US industry, such as automotive, medical technology and advanced tooling are now in the process of adapting the new possibilities created by additive manufacturing."
Murray added, “Concept Laser has built a strong alliance with customers here in aerospace and medical and we continue to be dedicated to providing innovative metal additive manufacturing technology. With our 100% focus on metals, I am impressed with the company’s ability to focus on long-term technical strategies and push the boundaries of the technology.
“With almost 50 LaserCUSING systems already installed in the USA, the Dallas office will manage ongoing consulting, support, training, application development and sales. Since Concept Laser is driven by technology, not capital, we are reinvesting our revenue in fields of the future and focus our product development and R&D on solutions that will continue to revolutionize the way we manufacture.”
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