SLM Solutions has proceeded a planned global growth strategy by establishing a wholly owned subsidiary in the US. Situated in Commerce, Michigan, the associated company operates under the name SLM Solutions NA, Inc. The manufacturer of equipment for small and medium lot production of prototypes and series parts from Lübeck is going to serve the whole North American market up from this position.
SLM Solutions has been engaged in North America since 2102. Reasons for founding a new office in Michigan were the increasing demand of technical consulting services as well as the great demand of systems for additive manufacturing in America. With the establishment of a subsidiary SLM Solutions meets the requirements of the American market in local support. Next to the distribution, the company will focus on strengthening and expanding the service and sales network in Canada, Mexico and the US.
The US office will provide the whole range of SLM Solutions' products, with a focus on additive manufacturing systems, especially the Selective Laser Melting technology. Beyond selective laser melting, vacuum casting and metal part casting systems, consumables are also provided.
The US-settlement is a further step of the globalisation strategy of the pioneer and technology leader situated in Lübeck, Germany near to Hamburg. SLM Solutions has now direct representation in about 38 countries worldwide.
“We also recognise the trend to additive manufacturing systems offering high precision manufacturing solutions for prototypes and small series parts in the U.S. Our systems give companies the chance to optimise their production in a more efficient and independent way.“, says H.-J. Ihde, CEO and President of the SLM Solutions GmbH. For the development of the new office, Jim Fendrick, an experienced market maven could be won for the team, who already promoted the market together with Stratasys and EOS.
From May 22 to 25, 2012 SLM Solutions presented its generative systems in Atlanta, GA at Rapid 2012 in Hyatt Regency. This year SLM Solutions exhibited the Selective Laser Melting System SLM 280 HL. The machine shows the whole Selective Laser Melting Process. The intelligent construction turns the SLM 280HL into an ideal allrounder model for SLM processes. Jim Fendrick, VP, SLM Solutions NA, Inc. explains: “The North American market will find the openness of our systems and company refreshing. We can provide a number of solutions to our customers, from building prototype parts with one of our three standard machine offerings, with any of our 10 metal materials; to adding various options like closed loop material handling and process monitoring for series production of consistent metal parts, or even helping our customer create a special process with custom designed capabilities. All standard parameters of the process are provided and totally transparent to the user to modify as desired, an open architecture, quite powerful and quite different than competitive offerings today.“