Metal AM Concept Laser more than doubles its sales in 2015
Germany – Concept Laser, a technology leader for powder-bed-based laser melting, once again significantly increased sales, the number of manufactured machines and the number of employees in 2015, the company said. The increase in sales compared to the previous year is said to be 54%.
Whereas in 2014 orders were received for 110 machines, 161 machines were ordered in 2015. This equates to a growth in volume of 46% compared to the previous year and so even surpassed the annual plan envisaged by the managers in Lichtenfels, Germany.
By the end of 2015, more than 550 laser melting machines had been installed by Concept Laser around the world, the company claims. Oliver Edelmann, vice president global sales & marketing said: “We are very proud that we have managed to further expand the growth of the previous year. This shows that we continue to follow the right path. But anybody that knows Concept Laser knows that the passion for the technology and the strong drive for innovation will not allow us to rest on our laurels.” The path of growth of the technology leader for powder-bed-based laser melting was also reflected in the number of employees, which rose by 67% from 103 (2014) to 172 (2015).
Looking into the future, all the signs are that additive manufacturing is currently undergoing a paradigm shift towards series production on an industrial scale. New, more economical machine concepts are therefore required, Concept Laser emphasised. The challenges are as follows: digitisation, automation and interlinking of the machines through to the creation of a smart factory.
Following the basic idea of Industry 4.0, Concept Laser unveiled an integrated, modular new machine concept entitled “AM Factory of Tomorrow” at Formnext 2015 (Frankfurt, Germany). Oliver Edelmann: “The modular integration of the machine technology into the manufacturing environment is amazing thanks to a new approach in the design of process components. Ultimately, this makes more economic industrial production solutions available. The new machine design will be commercially available at the end of 2016.”