GE Additive has announced the opening of Arcam EBM Center of Excellence in Gothenburg, Sweden, in a move that triples the floor space of its previous site in Mölndal.
Situated at Mölnlycke Business Park in Härryda Municipality – on the outskirts of Sweden’s second largest city – the new 15,000 square meter facility has been described as “ultra-modern”. It will expand both manufacturing and R&D capacity and allow GE to house up to 500 employees.
“The Arcam EBM team in Gothenburg is energized to be in its new home, a dynamic and sustainable workplace in a great location. We will harness that energy and continue to research, innovate and drive EBM technology further,” says Karl Lindblom, General Manager, GE Additive Arcam EBM.
Gothenburg unlocks next horizon
The new establishment, says GE, comes in response to a shift in the market as more and more customers expand the use of additive manufacturing (3D printing), from prototyping to serial production of metal parts and components.
This has led to a significant increase in demand for the company’s EBM systems (Electron Beam Melting).
With production, R&D, training facilities and support functions all housed under one roof in Gothenburg, GE Additive intends to put Lean Manufacturing at the heart of its operations to increase production capacity.
“Throughout, we have benefitted immensely from GE’s experience and know-how in applying Lean Manufacturing. Customers joining our annual user group meeting next month will be the first to see our Center of Excellence, which we hope will become a focal point for the entire additive industry,” Lindblom adds.
The Arcam EBM Center of Excellence is mapped to GE Additive’s continued investments in its facilities in the United States and Europe as additive users apply the technique in serial production.
GE Additive is a world leader and pioneer in technologies for additive manufacturing. Following GE’s acquisition of the Swedish company Arcam EBM in 2017, the portfolio includes the Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology which is aptly suited for volume production of metal components.
Arcam AB was founded in 1997 and delivered the first EBM system in 2003. Today, more than 300 systems are installed worldwide.