On June 25th, global adhesive manufacturer Henkel officially announced the opening of its new plant in Dublin, Ireland. The facility is known as the Innovation and Interaction Centre for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). The center will become Henkel's technology demonstration and demonstration, training, testing and customer service center in Europe. This initiative was announced at the end of last year. The expansion includes a new additive manufacturing business.
It is reported that the project is based on a four-year investment plan and the maximum expenditure is expected to be 18 million euros (about 140 million yuan). The plan aims to expand Henkel's capabilities in R&D, applications and product development. A team of skilled scientists and engineers will develop new advanced materials for industrial manufacturing.
“Medical, scientific and technological, aerospace and many other industries are increasingly using 3D printing technology, which makes Ireland a natural hub in Europe.” said Dr. Matthew Ma, director of the Henkel Technology Center. It is reported that the center is the first of a series of next-generation industrial customer centers. Two other regional centers are also under development, located in Connecticut and Shanghai respectively.
“The opening of this new additive manufacturing center will further consolidate Henkel’s business in Ireland. In Ireland, the company has employed 400 people in three locations.” Damien, US Department of Housing Planning and Local Government Ingrid said, "The company's selection of Dublin as the European 3D printing technology center is a clear recognition of Ireland's innovation ecosystem. We are very grateful to Henkel for its investment and the quality of work it provides, which will help Ireland in the manufacturing industry. It will continue to lead in the new situation."