Renishaw buys German laser additive manufacturing company

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Laser additive manufacturing company LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center has been bought by UK engineering firm Renishaw.

Already a supplier of laser melting systems, the deal to acquire LBC’s assets, will allow Renishaw to offer additional additive manufacturing services, including design and simulation, and the contract manufacture of metal prototypes and production parts. LBC uses additive manufacturing for tool and mould making.

Rainer Lotz is managing director of the German subsidiary of Renishaw, Renishaw GmbH, which will own the LBC assets. He said: ‘The customers for our laser melting machines will benefit from this additional expertise, allowing them to quickly integrate this exciting new technology, with its many benefits, into their everyday processes.’

The deal will create a new business, LBC Engineering, comprised of former employees of LBC. It will continue to offer services to existing customers, while being fully integrated within Renishaw at its offices in Pliezhausen.