12/7/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

CECIMO Creates Additive Manufacturing Committee

CECIMO establishes an Additive Manufacturing Committee to discuss EU policy changes and be the voice for AM at the European level.

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CECIMO has created an Additive Manufacturing (AM) Committee to discuss EU policy changes and opportunities, establishing CECIMO’s General Assembly as the European association for the entire value chain of AM in Europe.

The committee will act as an umbrella for all of CECIMO’s current technical, statistical, economic, business and communication activities for AM at the European level.

“The future of European industry lies in the industrialization of innovative technologies, such as additive manufacturing. With the creation of this committee, we are allowing all AM businesses to speak with a single, authoritative and expert voice in EU topics affecting their competitiveness, innovation and growth,” says Stewart Lane, chairman of the CECIMO AM Committee and corporate manager of Renishaw plc.

The committee will rely on more than 350 AM organizations with leading expertise that span across 15 national associations represented by CECIMO at the European level.

The new AM Committee will focus on broad subjects vital for the industrialization of AM in Europe, such as the EU regulatory framework, workforce development, trade and AM-related statistics. It will also build upon the work of the existing AM Working Group, where CECIMO members single out specific policy and business subjects to exchange views and suggest common steps.

“AM is quickly moving from prototyping to serial production in a variety of sectors. We are on the verge of seeing the technology’s industrial uptake in Europe,” says Filip Geerts, director general of CECIMO. “Now more than ever, it is crucial to guarantee a permanent, expert-driven dialogue with EU policymakers in order to create a thriving ecosystem for additive manufacturing.”

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