Proto Labs invests in Arburg machinery as part of European growth strategy

Photo by Arburg ltd Proto Labs is buying six Arburg golden edition and ‘S’ machines and placing a large order of new machining centres

Proto Labs is investing in six Arburg moulding machines in its latest phase of expansion in Europe, in response to growing demand in the region.

The Telford, UK-based rapid prototyping and contract manufacturer for 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding services said it is buying a further six Arburg golden edition and ‘S’ machines between 50 and 250 tonnes, and placing a large order of new machining centres.

The company which claims to be the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes produces its injection moulded parts for its customers across Europe at Proto Labs UK.

Originating in the US, Proto Labs started its UK operation in 2005 and is making this investment to meet customer demand across Europe for an extensive variety of thermoplastic and liquid silicon rubber (LSR) parts, in many sectors including aerospace, medical and automotive.

With the investment in Arburg machines, the company expect to “massively scale capacity” to support the growth and increased requirements of our customers.

Proto Labs currently has 35 Arburg machines installed at its production site in the UK. The company also installed three Arburg liquid silicon machines in 2013 and has been growing its moulding portfolio with a high number of CNC machines.

“We are delighted that Proto Labs has chosen to invest further in Arburg and we want to learn with and help the company in the next phase of their digital manufacturing development,” said Arburg Ltd. managing director Colin Tirel.