SLM Solutions opens Application Centre in Moscow
Metal-based additive manufacturing specialist SLM Solutions, aims to strengthen both its sales and service activities in Russia’s growth market with a branch expansion in Moscow. The intention is to provide comprehensive product consultation for customers and offer fast on-site services and the best possible utilisation of new market potentials.
In February this year, the leading provider of metal 3D printing solutions opened an Application Centre in Moscow to enable the Lübeck-based manufacturer to respond even faster to both the customers' and business partners' individual wishes as well as to the current development in Russia. As SLM Solutions strives for quality, innovative technologies and reliable service worldwide, the new subsidiary will provide the entire product portfolio of the system manufacturer including the SLM systems, both consumables and related services.
Despite the currently difficult economic environment, SLM Solutions acknowledges the long-term potentials of the Russian market due to its strong, metallurgy history. Russia has long been counted among the top ten markets for metal-based additive technology and SLM Solutions has sold and installed several systems within the country. A wide range of sectors such as aerospace, medical, education and research have indicated a strong interest, as well as construction companies from the energy sector including gas turbine manufacturers and the oil and gas industry.
100 business partners attended SLM Solutions Moscow branch launch where several contacts were established and numerous talks about particular projects were held.
Director of Sales, Marketing & service for SLM Solutions, Andreas Frahm stated: "For our Russian customers the opening of the new branch is the logical consequence from the decades of commitment of SLM Solutions and their predecessors. In many talks our commitment was repeatedly valued as a clear mark of confidence and welcomed by the Russians. We see very good market opportunities for our enterprise”.
Frahm also specified that having “our own service team, our own contacts, our showroom and workshop” would allow SLM “to respond even more individually to our customers' wishes for local services”.
Frahm added: “The prospects for 2016 are still strained, but the local presence will have long-term positive effects on the market development of SLM Solutions in Russia”, concluding that “any further expansion will depend on the future business development”.