The VDMA members' meeting. (Photo courtesy Arburg.)
The VDMA members' meeting. (Photo courtesy Arburg.)

The fourth general meeting of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Working Group of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) was held at Arburg headquarters on 12 April 2018. The agenda included activity reports from the working group, the election of a new board, specialist presentations and a guided tour of the Lossburg factory.

‘The Additive Manufacturing Working Group within the VDMA has been developing well in all aspects since its establishment in May 2014,’ said Dr Markus Heering, MD of the group within the VDMA.

Since its inauguration, group members have grown in number from 40 to 136, according to Rainer Gebhardt, project manager of the group. ‘Our working group now covers all areas of the additive value chain and a wide range of processes in the metal and plastics sectors. Global corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and universities work together directly to jointly promote additive technologies.’

The meeting also included the election of the board. Heinz Gaub, MD Technology & Engineering at Arburg, is one of the members, and Christoph Hauck, MD of MBFZ toolcraft GmbH, is the new CEO. ‘I look forward to my new role, which I intend to use to promote the industrialisation of additive processes and the dynamic growth of the working group,’ said Hauck.

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