Siemens to invest £27m in new Worcester 3D-printing factory

Siemens Worcester

Siemens is to make a £27 million investment in a new manufacturing facility for Worcester-based Materials Solutions Ltd its additive manufacturing, 3D printing specialist.

The new building, set to open in September, will enable it to increase its fleet of 3D printing machines from 15 to 50 over the next five years.

This represents a major investment by Siemens in this rapidly advancing and innovative technology. The new factory will be powered by Siemens Digital Enterprise technologies solutions, its software-based systems and automation components which cover every conceivable requirement arising along the industrial value chain, harnessing the potential of digitalisation. The new facility will be based at the Worcester Six Business Park Development.

The expansion of the business is also expected to support the creation of around 55 high quality new jobs, increasing Materials Solutions’ team of engineers, metallurgists and manufacturing specialists to 80, making it a global centre of excellence within the Additive Manufacturing sector. The new facility will also be a focal point for collaboration between Materials Solutions and the already sizable UK Siemens Digital Factory division.

Materials Solutions also offers engineering and printing to manufacture parts for the aviation and automotive industries, power generation and motor sports. The new facility will act as the launch pad for its global growth plans.

Siemens acquired a majority stake (85 per cent) in Materials Solutions Ltd in 2016. The business is a pioneer in the use of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology for the manufacture of high-performance metal parts and has grown its business considerably over the last two years.

Worcester Six Business Park is a 72 hectare site located right next to junction 6 of the M5 motorway. With outline planning consent for 1,500,000 sq ft of manufacturing, offices, R&B and logistics buildings, Worcester Six is already becoming a regional success.

Last year medical manufacturer Kimal PLC confirmed it would locate its new headquarters at the site after securing planning permission.