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Renishaw acquires pioneer in additive manufacture

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article image (L-R) Marc Dimter and Ralph Mayer, LBC, and Rainer Lotz, Renishaw GmbH

The German subsidiary of world leading engineering company Renishaw has acquired the business assets of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH, Kornwestheim, Germany. LBC Engineering, comprised of former employees of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH will be fully integrated within Renishaw GmbH at its offices in Pliezhausen.

A global company operating in the fields of metrology, healthcare and additive manufacturing, Renishaw is acquiring the business of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH, a pioneer in the field of additive manufacturing for tool and mould making.

Already a leader in the supply of laser melting systems, the deal will also allow Renishaw to offer additional additive manufacturing services including design and simulation, and the contract manufacture of metal prototypes and production parts.

Rainer Lotz, Managing Director of Renishaw GmbH explains that the acquisition has helped the Renishaw Group gain excellent additional skills and experience, which will allow the organisation to further develop their additive manufacturing business for a wide range of applications.

LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH was established in 2002 as a service provider for laser inscription and 3D laser engraving, and is a recognised pioneer in the field of metal-based additive manufacturing. The company has mainly focused on the additive manufacture of conformally cooled mould tools and tool inserts for injection moulding and die-casting applications.

Ralph Mayer and Marc Dimter, executive shareholders of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH see important synergies for additive manufacturing from the Renishaw relationship including driving the new technology forward together and specifically focusing on meeting increased customer demands for stable processes and industrial use of additive manufacturing machines. 

Renishaw Oceania represents the Renishaw Group in Australia.

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