Henkel has opened its Innovation and Interaction Center (IIC) for 3D Printing at its Tallaght site near Dublin, Ireland. The IIC, which is the first in a new generation of global industrial customer centres, will become Henkel’s European regional hub for technology presentations, demonstrations, training, testing as well as customer service for 3D Printing products. During the official inauguration Henkel welcomed the Irish Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English, representatives from governmental organisations in Ireland as well as customers and senior management of its ecosystem partners Carbon and HP.
With its longstanding expertise in transforming industrial manufacturing processes Henkel aims to drive adoption in the rapidly growing market for additive manufacturing beyond prototyping to final parts production. Based on strategic partnerships with technology leaders the Adhesive Technologies business unit offers end-to-end systems for 3D Printing to its customers, including novel materials, specialised equipment and a broad portfolio of customised post-processing options.
To further expand its R&D and application capabilities globally the company is investing into new regional innovation and customer centres. The IIC in Dublin, which is in proximity to the existing R&D and production facility for 3D Printing Loctite resins, comprises laboratories, customer service offices, meeting rooms and 3D Printing facilities. It is equipped with Carbon and HP printers in addition to specialised Henkel equipment, technology and devices. As the European hub for the technology the IIC is designed to excite and engage customers across various industries such as medical devices, automotive, consumer goods and manufacturing to discover and use Henkel´s high-impact options for transforming final parts production.
During the event, Michael Todd, Global Head of Innovation at Henkel Adhesive Technologies, explained: “The opening of our first Innovation and Interaction Centre in Ireland will further strengthen our expertise and capabilities to bring 3D Printing solutions into manufacturing processes of our broad customer base.”
Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D Printing at Henkel Adhesive Technologies, added: “The close connection to our scientists and engineers as well as to the production will enable us to accelerate the development of new solutions for our customers and will foster the identification and realisation of tailor-made 3D Printing applications across industries.”
Later this year Henkel will open two further regional centres for 3D Printing, one in Rocky Hill for North America and another one in Shanghai for Asia. Learn more at www.henkel.com.