Ren­ishaw opens new ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre in Pune

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Ren­ishaw, the global en­gi­neer­ing tech­nolo­gies com­pany, has opened a new Ad­di­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing, of­ten re­ferred to as metal 3D print­ing, so­lu­tions cen­tre in Pune. The new fa­cil­ity will pro­vide a se­cure de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment in which cus­tomers can ex­pand their knowl­edge and con­fi­dence us­ing ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing (AM) tech­nol­ogy. The so­lu­tions cen­tre is equipped with the lat­est AM systems and staffed by knowl­edge­able en­gi­neers to al­low fast ac­cess to de­ploy­ing the tech­nol­ogy, all at fixed pre­dictable costs.

Ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing is widely recog­nised as a trans­for­ma­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy that will im­pact on ev­ery­thing from com­po­nents in air­craft en­gines and satel­lites, to den­tal restora­tions and surgery for fa­cial re­con­struc­tion. Ren­ishaw, which is the UK’s only sup­plier of metal AM ma­chines, sees the new In­dian cen­tre as a cor­ner­stone in its am­bi­tion to be a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the adop­tion of AM in the es­tab­lished and fast grow­ing high tech­nol­ogy In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

Rhy­dian Pount­ney, Ren­ishaw’s Di­rec­tor re­spon­si­ble for In­dian Sales and Mar­ket­ing Op­er­a­tions, said, “We are de­lighted to open the first so­lu­tions cen­tre in In­dia. The thrust of the ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tres is to create a plat­form to work in close part­ner­ship with our cus­tomers to help them re­alise the ben­e­fits of AM in their prod­ucts and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses.” “Ren­ishaw’s vi­sion is to make AM a main­stream man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy, used in se­ries pro­duc­tion of high per­for­mance parts for aero­space, med­i­cal, au­to­mo­tive, oil and gas, mould and die and con­sumer prod­ucts. The tech­nol­ogy will en­able com­pa­nies to de­sign and make in­no­va­tive prod­ucts with spec­tac­u­lar gains in per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency,” Clive Martell, Head of Global Ad­di­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing, said.

Pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy

When adopt­ing any dis­rup­tive new man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy, com­pa­nies will go through a rig­or­ous as­sess­ment process to un­der­stand the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits, and to prove the re­li­a­bil­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity of the pro­duc­tion process. The in­vest­ment in time, re­sources and equip­ment to achieve this can be sig­nif­i­cant.

Ren­ishaw so­lu­tions cen­tre will lower this en­try barrier by pro­vid­ing cost­ef­fec­tive ac­cess to ma­chin­ery, facilities and AM ex­per­tise. So­lu­tions cen­tre will pro­vide a con­fi­den­tial de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment in which firms can ex­plore the ben­e­fits that AM can bring to their prod­ucts, and quickly build their knowl­edge and con­fi­dence in AM as a pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy. Marc Saun­ders, Di­rec­tor, Global So­lu­tions Cen­tres, said, “While AM can create com­plex ge­ome­tries in a sin­gle process step, some level of fin­ish­ing is gen­er­ally re­quired to pro­duce func­tional prod­ucts. Ren­ishaw’s knowl­edge of metrol­ogy, ma­chin­ing and fin­ish­ing pro­cesses can help cus­tomers to de­velop an in­te­grated man­u­fac­tur­ing so­lu­tion for their in­no­va­tive new prod­uct.”

The new Pune so­lu­tions cen­tre high­lights Ren­ishaw’s con­tin­u­ing in­vest­ment in the de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­ture and ap­pli­ca­tion of AM tech­nolo­gies. It also main­tains the com­pany’s longterm com­mit­ment to the In­dian mar­ket. It will sit along­side Ren­ishaw’s ex­ist­ing key strate­gic ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing de­vel­op­ment lo­ca­tions in the UK, the US, Canada, Ger­many and China, with ad­di­tional cen­tres also planned for other key mar­kets.

Ren­ishaw has been trad­ing in In­dia for over 30 years and it es­tab­lished a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Ban­ga­lore in 1993 which was con­verted to a wholly- owned trad­ing sub­sidiary in 2000. Today the com­pany has of­fices in 5 cities, plus res­i­dent sales en­gi­neers in other key ar­eas.

In Pune Ren­ishaw has an 80,000 sq ft build­ing which houses cus­tomer demon­stra­tion and train­ing facilities, pro­cure­ment op­er­a­tion to source high qual­ity com­po­nents di­rectly from In­dian ven­dors, a large soft­ware de­vel­op­ment team, and a 100% Ex­port Ori­en­tated Unit (EOU) which man­u­fac­tures cer­tain prod­ucts that were pre­vi­ously pro­cured.

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