Henkel Ireland today announced the opening of its new Innovation and Interaction Centre for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in Tallaght.
The Centre, which is the first in a new generation of industrial customer centres, will become Henkel’s European regional hub for technology presentations, demonstrations, training, testing as well as customer service for 3D Printing solutions.
The project, which is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, is based on a 4-year investment plan with an estimated maximum spend of about €18million to expand the company’s capabilities in R&D, application and product development. The company aims to support a team of highly skilled scientists and engineers who will develop new advanced materials for use in a broad range of industrial manufacturing.
Henkel, which also owns beauty care and laundry & home care divisions, is the world’s largest manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and functional coatings and, in Dublin, has a significant manufacturing and R&D operation for a wide range of adhesive technologies, serving a global market.
In addition to Henkel’s Innovation and Interaction Centre in Ireland, two further regional centres are also currently in development, one in Rocky Hill (for North America) and another in Shanghai (for Asia).
The initial stage of the Innovation and Interaction Centre comprises 700sqm of laboratories, customer service offices, meeting rooms and 3D printing facilities. Henkel plans to further expand the centre to 2000sqm to include 5 additional laboratories, workstations & meeting spaces over the next 2 years.
Officiating at the opening event, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Damien English said, "The opening of this new Additive Manufacturing centre of excellence further consolidates Henkel’s operations in Ireland where the company already employs 400 people across three sites."
He added, "The company’s choice of Dublin for this European hub for 3D Printing technology is a clear endorsement of the innovation ecosystem in Ireland. We very much appreciate Henkel's investment and the quality jobs being provided, which will help put Ireland at the forefront of a new and exciting chapter in manufacturing."