State to back Henkel for new 3D project in Tallaght

State to back Henkel for new 3D project in Tallaght

By William O'Connor 

Henkel Ireland announced that it is to receive support from the Irish government – through IDA Ireland – to support a major Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) project in Tallaght.

The global company, which also owns beauty care and laundry and home care divisions, is the world’s largest adhesives manufacturer, and, in Dublin, Henkel has a significant manufacturing and R&D operation for a wide range of adhesive technologies, serving a global market.

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Henkel hasn’t committed to a number in terms of new jobs, but there will be about 40 employees involved, some of whom are already employed by Henkel and working in 3D printing.

Henkel’s Additive Manufacturing project involves highly skilled scientists and engineers working to develop new advanced materials for use in precision manufacturing industries, such as medical devices, automotive and aerospace.

The Adhesive Technologies business unit is developing novel materials customised for various 3D Printing processes and technologies, and is constantly expanding partnerships with global technology leaders. Ireland was selected because of the country’s strength in high-value medical device R&D and manufacturing, coupled with a growing investment profile in Additive Manufacturing.

Henkel’s R&D team based in Tallaght has a wealth of scientific knowledge and experience in developing adhesive technologies with existing capability to develop 3D printing materials.

Welcoming the announcement, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “This is very welcome news by Henkel, which already employs 400 people in its operations in Dublin. Additive Manufacturing is a new and very innovative development for the manufacturing sector and this technology is likely to have a significant impact globally when its potential is fully developed. 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.”

Henkel Technology Centre Director, Dr Matthew Holloway, said: “I’m excited that the IDA is supporting this R&D Project. Additive Manufacturing will be a significant disruptor to future manufacturing methodologies and it is important for the team in Ireland to help shape this change.

“We have a proven track record of developing world-class adhesives and look forward to focusing our expertise on creating new chemistries and technologies for 3D Printing. Henkel recognises the strength of relationships with the research community in Ireland and this will enhance our capability to innovate.”

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