Germany-based EOS has just completed an expansion in the North American market, with a $2 million investment into operations in Texas.
Responding to an increasing North American market for additive manufacturing, the mainstay company is turning additional attention to materials development and production, as well as customer service and supply chain capabilities. This investment fits well with EOS’ overall growth track and especially its focus on this continent.
“North America seems to be the market that is the most active at the moment, and enjoying the greatest growth spurt. This is certainly true for EOS,” Glynn Fletcher, President of EOS North America, told us in a recent interview.
In Temple, Texas, EOS subsidiary Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) has doubled the size of its facility. The now-23,000-square-foot facility has seen growth in its R&D lab space devoted to work on developing new, high-value industrial 3D printing materials, along with an increased warehouse space now able “to handle up to four times its current customer deliveries.”
Work with partners is particularly important to operations at ALM, as co-development processes ensure that customers are able to have a hand in creating exactly the right fit materials for their additive manufacturing needs.
“The primary goal of our investment at the Temple facility is to boost our ability to rapidly create new materials for additive manufacturing. More and more, we see that specialized material solutions linked with the systems and processes supplied by EOS are a key element of success in this industry. Over the past several years, we’ve partnered with companies from aerospace to medical industries to develop new AM materials and designs to better serve their business. We’re looking to do more of that,” said Donnie Vanelli, COO of EOS North America.
Elsewhere in Texas, EOS has expanded warehouse space at its Technical Center in Pflugerville.
Growing by 45%, the expansion is geared to make “notable improvements to operational effectiveness, accuracy and safety of the facility, and ability to service North American customers quickly.” One major factor the company underscores is an increase in “EOS’ ability to get parts to customers overnight,” enhancing the timeliness of overall additive manufacturing operations.
“An all-new warehouse can sound a bit dry, but this gives us significant improvements to our operations, which is critical as our installed base of systems grows. Customer satisfaction is our primary goal and the new space allows us to do that in a more accurate, effective and cost-efficient manner than before,” said Cornelis Hagen, Warehouse and Logistic Manager, EOS North America.
A bit dry, perhaps, but these moves signify EOS’ dedication to global growth in additive manufacturing.
The company was founded in 1989, providing a significant foundation with deep roots in the industry, and recent additions to its portfolio of additive manufacturing systems and investment into worldwide operations showcase ongoing growth.
Ultimately, for EOS, it’s all ‘about developing the industry.’ as CEO Dr. Adrian Keppler explained when we sat down last month. With strong footholds in significant markets, and well-timed, well-placed investments, team EOS continues to work toward its part in this greater development.