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26-Jun-2018  Dublin

Company reiterates commitment to Ireland with an €18million, four-year investment plan

Henkel opens major European hub for 3D Printing technology in Tallaght

Henkel Ireland has announced the opening of its new Innovation and Interaction Centre for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in Tallaght, Dublin.

Henkel Ireland has announced the opening of its new Innovation and Interaction Centre for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in Tallaght, Dublin. 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. 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.

Henkel’s Additive Manufacturing 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.

Officiating at the opening event, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Damien English TD, 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. 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."

Speaking at the opening of the Innovation and Interaction Centre, Dr Michael Todd, Global Head of Innovation at Henkel Adhesive Technologies, said: “The opening of the Innovation and Interaction Centre strengthens Henkel’s operations in Ireland and will bring customers and strategic partners to what is now an extremely important European regional hub for the business. Additive Manufacturing has the potential to change value chains and businesses across many industries. As such, Henkel is convinced that this is the market to get involved with next. Henkel’s Tallaght site was chosen as the regional hub for Europe due to the existing team’s leading R&D knowledge and experience in resins and other adhesive technologies; and because of the site’s proximity to Henkel Ireland’s production and R&D bases.”

Henkel Technology Centre Director, Dr Matthew Holloway, said: “Additive Manufacturing will be a significant disruptor to future manufacturing methodologies. The decision to locate this centre in Dublin demonstrates Henkel’s commitment to Ireland and cements its position as a vital European hub for the global business. At Henkel Ireland, we have a proven track record of developing world-class adhesives and, as such, we look forward to focusing our expertise on creating new chemistries and technologies for 3D Printing. In addition, the cluster of leading med-tech, aerospace and other industries using 3D printing, made Ireland a natural choice to create a regional hub for Europe.”

Executive Director of IDA Ireland Mary Buckley, said: “Henkel is a significant employer in Ireland employing 400 people and is a long-standing IDA client. Additive Manufacturing will be of crucial importance globally, with its potential applications in industries such as healthcare and automotive. It presents a fantastic opportunity for Ireland to enhance our global reputation in R&D in novel technologies so that we continue to be at the heart of delivering innovative new products to market.”

Through its strategic partnerships with global technology leaders, Henkel is driving adoption in the rapidly growing market for additive manufacturing beyond prototyping to final parts production, and offers novel materials, specialised equipment and a variety of solutions for post-processing.

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.
The Centre is equipped with Carbon and HP printers in addition to specialised Henkel equipment, technology and devices for Additive Manufacturing. The Innovation and Interaction Centre is a hub for training and customer service from sectors as diverse as med tech, automotive and manufacturing will be able to discover the world-leading solutions Henkel offers.

From left to right: Michael Lohan, IDA; Matthew Holloway, Henkel; Deirdre Ledwith, Henkel; Michael Todd, Henkel; Damien English, Government Minister; Philipp Loosen, Henkel; Michelle Yewlett, IDA; Jerry Perkins, Henkel; Peter Quinn, Henkel

Stephen Nigro of HP during the panel discussion (to his right are Damien English, Government Minister, and Kersten Heuser of Siemens)

Joe DeSimone of Carbon during the panel discussion (to his left are Kersten Heuser of Siemens, and Damien English, Government Minister)

Kersten Heuser of Siemens during the panel discussion (to his right is Joe DeSimone of Carbon and to his right, Government Minister Damien English)

From left to right: Michael Lohan, IDA; Michael Todd, Henkel; Damien English, Government Minster; Jerry Perkins, Henkel

From left to right: Michael Lohan, IDA; Michael Todd, Henkel; Damien English, Government Minster

The 3D Printed wall in the Henkel Innovation and Interaction Centre, made from Loctite products and designed by Jennings Design Studio, Dublin and Aectual, Netherlands

Dr Michael Todd, Global Head of Innovation at Henkel Adhesive Technologies

Deirdre Ledwith, Henkel R&D, Dublin hosts the launch

Ged McGurk, Head of Technical Customer Services for 3D Printing, Henkel, hosts a panel discussion with industry leaders

Matthew Holloway, Head of R&D, Henkel Ireland, makes the closing speech at the launch

Jerry Perkins of Henkel during the panel discussion (to his right is Stephen Nigro of HP)

From left to right: Joe DiSimone of Carbon; Kersten Heuser of Siemens; Government Minister Damien English; Stephen Nigro of HP; Jerry Perkins of Henkel; Chay Allen of Renishaw; and host Ged McGurk of Henkel

Gavin Minton (left) gives a demonstration to Damien English and Michael Lohan