New 3D printing hires at Markforged, Azul 3D, ARBURG, Allow, facility openings at Titomic, ROBOZE and extra

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Read on for information on the latest hires at Azul 3D, ARBURG, Markforged, and Enable Manufacturing, as well as store openings at Titomic, ROBOZE, and others.

ROBOZE has opened a new Texas base to insure against future bottlenecks in the US supply chain. Photo via ROBOZE.

ROBOZE unveils new US headquarters

Starting this week, the Italian 3D printer manufacturer ROBOZE presented its new headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company plans to hire more than 100 local engineers over the next two years to work at the facility, which will support domestic manufacturing and address future supply chain challenges.

ROBOZE’s expanded capabilities should also enable it to better serve the needs of U.S. customers such as GE, Leonardo, and the U.S. Army, as well as oil, gas, and manufacturing customers. Initially, the company plans to hire 30 people and expand its engineering, marketing and sales teams before increasing that to 70 by 2022.

“Houston is one of the top cities in the US for manufacturing and industrial employment and is home to exciting scientific initiatives,” said Alessio Lorusso, CEO and founder of ROBOZE. “We are very excited to be opening a new headquarters in Houston and adding the best and most intelligent engineers and technical staff to our team.”

Titomic sets up factory in the UAE

Australian metal 3D printer maker Titomic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with venture capitalist Tawazun to review the prospect of establishing a joint facility in the UAE. The potential plant would have a range of Titomic metal 3D printers and be geared towards producing large format parts for regional customers in the aerospace, defense oil, gas and mining industries.

Tawazun’s investment arm, the Strategic Development Fund (SDF), aims to drive economic growth in the UAE, and the factory would bring new industrial-scale 3D printing capabilities to the Arab state. For Titomic, the planned location in the Middle East could offer access to a new sales line for its products and a wealth of new customer opportunities.

Grayscale image from AMKmotion managing director Stefan Buchner.ARBURG has commissioned Stefan Buchner (picture) to manage the newly acquired subsidiary AMKmotion Engineering. Photo via ARBURG.

ARBURG appoints new subsidiary MD

The manufacturer of 3D printers and injection molding systems ARBURG has appointed Stefan Buchner as the new managing director of its recently acquired AMKmotion subsidiary. Buschner, who has worked in the areas of controller technology, drive systems and automation, should be ideally suited for the engineering-oriented company.

Since the acquisition of AMKmotion in January, the owners of the Hehl and Keinath families from ARBURG have concentrated on securing existing customer relationships and identifying potential opportunities. With Buchner on board, AMK motion is also better positioned to meet the needs of its parent company. In this way, the company can manufacture all core components of its machines in-house and provide end-to-end production capacities.

Enable the Director setting to fuel growth

Metal 3D printing service provider Enable Manufacturing has hired James Reeves as a non-executive director. Despite the impact of COVID-19, Enable managed to bring additive casting technology to market this year. Reeves is set to help the company meet its original sales target of £ 15m by 2026.

In his current position as Global Director of Polymer Sintering at voxeljet, Reeves is more focused on technological research and development, but also has a strong commercial background, which makes him uniquely suited for this role. For example, Reeves has both leadership and engineering experience from his time in the automotive, aerospace, and electronics sectors and holds a Diploma in Directorate of IoD.

“I’ve been keeping a close eye on developments in the AM market over the past few years, particularly in the manufacture of metal parts,” said Reeves. “I firmly believe that Enable’s additive casting technology will play an important role in the manufacture of metal parts as it ensures quality and scalability while keeping production costs down.”

Grayscale image by James Reeves. Enable hopes the experience of James Reeves (pictured) will help meet his original £ 15m revenue target. Photo about activate.

Azul appoints seasoned CEO

Illinois-based 3D printer maker Azul 3D has announced the appointment of industry veteran Paul Decker as its new CEO. Decker brings over 20 years of experience with digital industry knowledge to the role and was responsible for the introduction of interactive robotics in automotive assembly during his time as head of ABP Induction and Cobotics.

Under Decker’s leadership, ABP experienced mass expansion prior to being acquired by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, doubling sales and expanding operations from five to nine countries. Decker has an MBA from Northwestern University, a BSME from the University of Michigan, and two separate patents for “smart assistive devices”, demonstrating his continued passion for technological innovation.

“I am very excited to come to Azul and to work with their uniquely skilled team and innovative technology,” said Decker. “Azul is ready to transform the industry and move 3D printing from small part production and prototypes to mainstream product production. I am very excited to be part of this important transition to Industry 4.0. “

Markforged hires new SVP

To wrap up this week’s roundup with Markforged, metal 3D printer maker has named Ken Clayton Senior VP of Global Sales. In his new role, Clayton will report directly to the company’s CEO and be responsible for developing his sales strategy as he drives growth in the American, EMEA and APAC businesses.

Clayton brings extensive experience to the role, including 20 years as an executive on the Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS team, where he has consistently achieved double-digit growth. More recently, Clayton was CEO of GoEngineer where he established the company as Stratasys’ leading North American reseller.

“The manufacturing supply chain has never been more critical and fragile than it is today, and Markforged’s Digital Forge is the right tool to help make it more resilient,” said Clayton. “The need for this technology, coupled with Markforged’s exciting history, made joining Markforged an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.”

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