GKN Powder Metallurgy has opened its new North American Powder Metallurgy Headquarters and Additive Manufacturing Customer Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA. The new facility will reportedly house over eighty employees from the three divisions of GKN Powder Metallurgy; GKN Hoeganaes, GKN Sinter Metals and GKN Additive, in a space the company states is designed to inspire teamwork and enhance customer experience.
The building includes a 3,200 ft2 Additive Manufacturing Customer Center, equipped with two EOS M290 metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) systems. EOS’s systems are capable of manufacturing functional metal prototypes within a two-week lead time and allow customers to test factors such as usability, ergonomics, manufacturability and materials in the early stages of the development process. It is expected that the full 38,260 ft2 combined facility will expand the company’s global Additive Manufacturing network and the scope of its in-house Powder Metallurgy capabilities.
Reid Southby, President of GKN Sinter Metals Large Segment, stated, “We are excited to start a new journey in Auburn Hills with a space that is dedicated to our team, our community and the advanced technology we create for our customers. This building reinforces our commitment to the North American market and continued global growth.”
“GKN Powder Metallurgy is at an exhilarating point in its journey of growth and innovation,” Southby continued. “We now have the opportunity to provide our customers and strategic partners with local and exceptional support on all fronts of our business.”