Siemens to open Britain’s largest 3D printing factory in the Midlands

The German conglomerate has announced plans to pump £27m into a new 3D printing ‘global centre of excellence’ in Worcester.

Siemens, Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company, is set to open a new £27m 3D printing factory in Worcester.

The company will be opening the state-of-the-art facility through additive manufacturing arm Material Solutions, a company it acquired in 2016.

Siemens hopes the factory, which will be based at the Worcester Six Business Park Development, will become a “global centre of excellence” employing top class engineers, metallurgists and manufacturing specialists.

Juergen Maier, Siemens UK CEO, said: “This significant investment underlines our belief that there is huge potential for innovation and growth within the additive manufacturing sector. 

“It is also the next step towards achieving our ambition of pioneering the industrialisation of 3D printing and demonstrates how we are leading the way in the fourth industrial revolution.

“If the UK’s manufacturing sector is to grow and thrive, we must embrace digital technologies and build new industries based on them.

“Our vision and ambition for Materials Solutions perfectly represents how we are putting this strategy into practice.”

The investment will also see Siemens increase its fleet of 3D printing machines from 15 to 50 over the next five years.

Speaking about the news, business secretary Greg Clark said: “Britain has a proud manufacturing heritage and through our Industrial Strategy the government has set out a vision and plan that will build on this strength and create an environment that enables manufacturers to continue to thrive.

“The investment being made by Siemens into UK advanced manufacturing demonstrates the confidence businesses have in the strategy.”