GKN Aerospace CTO to open new Additive Industries facility in UK

This center is part of the global network of Additive Industries Competence Centres, also located in Eindhoven, Los Angeles and Singapore.

This center is part of the global network of Additive Industries Competence Centres, also located in Eindhoven, Los Angeles and Singapore.

GKN Aerospace CTO Russ Dunn will officially open the latest Additive Industries Process and Application Centre close to Bristol in the UK on March 12, 2020. This center is part of the global network of Additive Industries Competence Centres, also located in Eindhoven, Los Angeles and Singapore, each having their own specialty in different aspects of industrial additive manufacturing. The UK & Ireland Process and Application Centre’s core competence will be new materials and process development.

The center is located on the historic Filton Aerospace Park, directly in the middle of the growing additive manufacturing hub that is there. Filton has long been an important manufacturing site since 1910, with the adjacent Filton Airfield in operation throughout the last century. IThe area is already the established home for a number of aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing businesses including Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GKN.

The Additive Industries building has had many aerospace related uses previously and was even used for lightning strike tests. 

Together with Russ Dunn, CTO of GKN Aerospace, Dr Mark Beard, Additive Industries’ global director Process & Application Development and General Manager of the Centre, and Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries, will perform the official opening ceremony on March 12. The afternoon seminar will include a presentation about the GKN Global Technology Centre, also in Filton of which Additive Industries is a partner, made by Paul Perera, VP Technology at GKN Aerospace.

In addition Dave Best, Head of Business and Strategy for Airbus will address the additive manufacturing (AM) vision and the growing AM ecosystem now based in Filton. Jon Meyer, CPO for APWorks, will also present on why they choose to look to industrialization in cooperation with the Additive Industries Competence Centre in Filton. Combined with a case study including GKN and ANSYS, a memorial opening of the Centre is slated.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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