New EOS Pflugerville facility in Texas.
Ahead of its 27th anniversary this summer, additive manufacturing leader, EOS has opened its newest U.S. facility in Pflugerville, Texas to support its growing operations in the North America market.
The new site features an innovations laboratory (iLab), where EOS application engineers interact directly with customers, a working showroom containing the full range of the company’s AM systems, and an AM Ventures division to facilitate start-up ideas.
“The opening of our Pflugerville facility helps us deliver even better and faster service and support to our regional customers,” Glynn Fletcher, president of EOS North America, Inc., explained. “EOS has a company-wide goal of continually improving systems, materials, and process solutions wherever we operate. Pflugerville’s location near Austin, one of the fastest growing technology hubs in the U.S., allows us to make connections with some of the most notable technology organizations and schools in the nation and enables a high-level, optimum response to our customers’ needs across multiple time-zones.”
EOS Founder and CEO, Dr. Hans J. Langer, added: “Our Pflugerville investment is a direct reflection of our on-going success. Additive manufacturing is rapidly becoming a more widely accepted solution to complex manufacturing requirements across a broad spectrum of industries. We’ve recently sold our 2100th system, worldwide. With almost three decades of dedication to AM technology development, our company is committed to upholding the highest quality standards in our field.”
The Pflugerville site will incorporate:
- iLab – Here materials and systems testing will support EOS experts as they directly work with customers and identify tailored solutions that overcome design and manufacturing hurdles for specific end parts.
- AM Ventures – This entity helps people get their ideas to market using AM. AM Ventures develops the manufacturing side of an idea, while the startup handles marketing and sales. This program is the first of its kind for EOS globally.
- Working Showroom – Containing all EOS systems—from the smaller EOS M 100 metal system to the larger EOS M 400 system, as well as small and large plastic systems—the showroom provides benchmarking and hands-on training for customers, as well as “AM Experience” tours.
- Regional System Modifications – Custom modifications to systems or software are performed in-house.
- Service Hotline and Aftermarket Ordering – This serves as a distribution hub for consumables such as filters and materials.
- Application Consulting – Experts work directly with potential and existing customers to determine if an application is conducive for AM, helping them identify their end-product goals.
EOS has experienced substantial global growth in recent years, particularly within the U.S. where the company topped $100 million in fiscal year 2015. EOS has over 100 employees in the region with 30 field service engineers and the Pflugerville site is opening with approximately 30 employees, a number that is expected to double within the next two years.