GKN Additive has reportedly opened the its first customer center in Danyang, China.

The center focuses on all aspects of metal 3D printing and and offers hands-on prototyping workshops.

GKN now has six R&D and manufacturing locations across Europe, North America and Asia, the company says.

‘China is the world’s largest automotive market and automotive manufacturing country for conventional and new energy vehicles’ said Guido Degen, president additive manufacturing at GKN Powder Metallurgy. ‘Automotive development activities have shifted from traditional regions to China, and this leads to an increased demand on new technologies like additive manufacturing.

‘We believe that metal additive manufacturing is one of the future processes that will have a great effect on the automotive industry and electric vehicle production. From saving time to market through rapid prototyping to redesigning and rethinking parts and assemblies for additive, to reduced inventories by on-demand replacements – metal AM adds value during the whole component life cycle.’

This story is adapted from material from GKN, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.