After the successful start-up of the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center in Düsseldorf, Germany, this past year, voestalpine Group’s High Performance Metals Division will open two 3D metal printing production plants in Canada and Taiwan in the coming months. voestalpine Technology Institute Asia, which will open this month, is the group’s third research center for metal additive manufacturing. At the same time, capacity for high-tech 3D metal printing for both research and commercial purposes is being built up in Toronto, the first voestalpine site for this manufacturing process in the NAFTA region.
In September 2016, voestalpine opened the group competence center for metal additive manufacturing in Düsseldorf that today has 14 employees who are primarily involved in development. In April 2017, a new research center for 3D printing of highly complex metal components started up operations in Singapore. voestalpine is also investing approximately $23.7 million to expand metal-powder production for additive manufacturing at its subsidiaries Böhler Edelstahl in Austria and Uddeholms in Sweden.