VDMA's additive manufacturing group elects new chairman

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Photo by VDMA Representatives from the industry explain the potentials of additive manufacturing in automotive and machinery manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) working group of the German mechanical engineering industry association (VDMA) has elected a new board during its annual meeting held at Arburg’s Lossburg facility on 12 April.

As part of this, Christoph Hauck, newly elected CEO and Managing Director of MBFZ toolcraft GmbH in Georgensgmünd, was appointed as the new chairman of the working group’s executive board.

"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 upon his appointment.

The general meeting also unanimously agreed to enlarge the executive board, previsouly consisting of six members. The new additions to the board are:

  • Patrick Diederich, managing director of Sauer GmbH and Realizer GmbH under the umbrella of DMG MORI at Pfronten
  • Dr. Karsten Heuser, vice president for additive manufacturing of Siemens Digital Factory in Erlangen
  • Alexander Jakschik, CSO and CFO of ULT AG at Löbau
  • Carsten Merklein, responsible for additive manufacturing at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG at Herzogenaurach

Also speaking at the meeting, Dr Markus Heering, managing director of the additive manufacturing working group within the VDMA, said the group has been “developing well in all aspects since its establishment in May 2014.”

According to Rainer Gebhardt, project manager of the VDMA working group, number of member companies has grown from 40 in May 2014 to 136 presently.

“New companies are joining almost every month," said Gebhardt.

According to Gebhardt, 41% of the companies are users of AM methods and AM components who primarily come from the machinery and tool manufacturing sectors, the casting technology sector and the automobile industry.

The second largest group accounting for 22% are suppliers of materials, components and software.

They are closely followed by service providers and contract manufacturers. 

The working group covers all areas of the additive value chain and a wide range of processes in the metal and plastics sectors.

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