As a public company that provides industrial grade 3D printers, The ExOne Company is also looking to strengthen and promote its service offering. In line with this strategy, the company recently announced that it has opened a new Production Service Center (PSC) on home soil in Auburn, Washington, near Tacoma. However, the company is also looking at global growth and has simultaneously announced the establishment of sales centers in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Shanghai, China.
According to ExOne, the goal is to be cost-competitive and with increasing demand in the Puget Sound region, the company has opened its 11,600 square foot facility in which it will print moulds and cores for foundries in the northwestern US corridor. With the general manager and production staff already on board, full operations are expected to commence in September. This marks ExOne’s fourth PSC in the US and sixth PSC worldwide.
Looking ahead, ExOne’s new sales centers in Sao Paulo and Shanghai are set to utilize the resources of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which provides global support to US manufacturers through its technical centres and representative offices in numerous global locations. ExOne will have sales representatives in each office to focus on targeting customers well suited for ExOne’s 3D printing technology and to focus on furthering the reach of the company’s expanding sales network in South America and China.
David Burns, President and Chief Operating Officer of ExOne commented, “PSCs provide our customers the opportunity to directly experience our 3D printing technology and increase their understanding of the value it can provide their operations. As the hub of industrial activity in the northwestern US, particularly the aerospace industry, the greater Tacoma area is a natural location for our sixth PSC. We expect the addition of this facility will help to drive further revenue growth, consistent with our expansion strategy. Our sales centres in Sao Paulo and Shanghai represent an important step in our progression to promote our 3D printing technology in those significant industrial markets. We view establishment of these sales centres as precursors to the eventual opening of PSCs in those countries, as growing demand warrants.”
ExOne’s other PSCs are located in North Huntingdon, PA; Troy, MI; Houston, TX; Augsburg, Germany; and Kanagawa, Japan.
The company is due to release its Q2 financial results for 2013 on 14th August.