Lossburg, 07 June 2021
In March 2021, Arburg officially opened its new Arburg Prototyping Center (APC) in Shanghai as part of a medical seminar. The facility means that a dedicated APC is now available in each of the company’s key market regions: Germany, the Americas and Asia. A total of four Freeformers produce benchmark parts using additive methods at the new location in Shanghai. This gives Chinese existing and prospective customers operating in the field of additive manufacturing the chance to see the component quality and performance that Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) delivers before they make the decision to purchase a Freeformer.
“In Asia, we are experiencing growing demand for our Freeformer machines in applications that involve additive manufacturing of functional components made from original materials”, says Gerhard Böhm, Managing Director Sales and Service at Arburg. “The new Arburg Prototyping Center in Shanghai is enabling us to expand our AM expertise strategically and respond specifically to the local needs of the Chinese market. Our Arburg China team now has a faster, more focused and highly practical way of helping potential Freeformer customers meet their requirements.”
Benchmark parts for the Chinese market
The Arburg Prototyping Center in China opened its doors in March 2021, operating two 200-3X and 300-3X Freeformers. The company also runs two other APCs: one at its headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, and the other in Rocky Hill, USA. All three locations use a vast array of original materials to produce benchmark parts using additive manufacturing techniques, working round the clock where necessary to meet demand. This allows preliminary trials to be conducted so that potential customers can determine whether Arburg Plastic Freeforming is actually suitable for the desired part, material and application before they commit to a purchase. The four machines in Shanghai are primarily used for processing and assessing materials from Chinese suppliers. Demand from the medical technology and packaging industries is particularly high. To help them become more familiar with the technology, customers and prospective customers are also given the opportunity to participate in Freeformer training courses and work with the machine themselves at the site.
Growth of AM business in Asia
The new Arburg Prototyping Center will initially serve customers from China, but plans are in place to add more machines and staff capacity so that availability can gradually be offered to the whole of Asia. The service team at the Shanghai site also undergo training so that they can keep enhancing their additive manufacturing expertise.
German family-owned company Arburg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of plastic processing machines. Its product portfolio encompasses Allrounder injection moulding machines with clamping forces of between 125 and 6,500 kN, the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing and robotic systems, customer and industry-specific turnkey solutions and further peripheral equipment.
An international sales and service network ensures first-class customer support at a local level: Arburg has its own organisations at 35 locations in 26 different countries and, together with its trading partners, is represented in more than 100 countries. Its machines are produced exclusively at the parent company in Lossburg, Germany. Of a total of roughly 3,200 employees, around 2,650 work in Germany. About 550 further employees work in Arburg’s organisations around the world. Arburg has triple certification, in accordance with ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 50001 (energy).
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com