Materialise, one of the leading 3D printing companies in the world announced that it has teamed up with Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea’s Industrial Center to drive the growth of local manufacturing industry by leveraging the transformational power of additive manufacturing.
Ulsan Metropolitan City, which is South Korea’s seventh-largest metropolis has been the center of the manufacturing industry of the country and is home to some of the world’s most highly developed automobile assembly plants, shipyards and oil refineries. As a part of the agreement, Materialise will engage in co-creation campaigns with local manufacturing companies in the region and will help them identify opportunities to optimise the manufacturing process.
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The Ulsan Metropolitan City government is also presenting a roadmap of growth to reinforce its competitive position. The partnership with Materialise comes in the view that the government is focusing on converging digital technologies and manufacturing with a view to create smarter and better connected production processes and factories.
Speaking about the benefits that additive manufacturing offers, Johan Pauwels, Executive Vice President at Materialise said, “Additive Manufacturing is a transformational technology that has the potential to create fundamental changes in the manufacturing process”
“With major improvements in speed, quality and materials, Additive Manufacturing is quickly positioning itself as a complementary or alternative manufacturing technology when solving specific manufacturing challenges. By delivering weight, performance and cost advantages it allows for fundamental design optimizations and functional improvements, such as lighter designs, that are impossible to create with standard manufacturing technologies,” added Pauwels.
Apart from helping manufacturing companies in the region identify the opportunities to optimise the manufacturing, Materialise will also help companies develop applications, will combine its 3D printing expertise and help companies generate business growth. To achieve this, both Materialise and manufacturing companies in the region will look for elements in the production processes that can benefit from the design optimisations and manufacturing flexibility provided by additive manufacturing.
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