Trumpf has reported that its UK sales performance over the year 2016/17 was as impressive as that of the overall company, with an order intake of £57.1 million, an increase of 50 per cent over the previous fiscal year. Preliminary operating profit is shown to be £988,239.
‘We had an unprecedented high number of new and conversion customers this year and I am certain our focus on providing outstanding service to complement the technical competence of our machines played its part,’ explained Trumpf UK managing director Annette Doyle. ‘Trumpf is now providing its most comprehensive package ever to ensure our customers get the best return on their investment and we will continue to refine our service provision to ensure it is the best it can possibly be.’
Trumpf’s systems continue to prove popular with UK manufacturers, with notable new additions such as the TruPrint Series for 3D printing and the TruBend Center 5030 for semi-automated bending, contributing to the total intake. The workforce in the UK also grew substantially over the past year, with a high initial 2018 sales forecast indicating that recruitment is set to continue.
Half a billion euros in additive manufacturing
At the Formnext trade fair in Frankfurt in November, Trumpf presented its fastest and most productive medium-format 3D printing system, the TruPrint 5000, which uses three lasers, specially designed optics and optimally adjusted process parameters to cut exposure times by a factor of three. The system uses laser metal fusion manufacturing technology to generate complex metallic components layer by layer in a powder bed.
Trumpf's TruPrint 5000 utilises three lasers two cut exposure times in AM jobs by a factor of three. (Image: Trumpf)
Trumpf currently employs over 200 people in the field of additive manufacturing and is gaining increasing market shares in various sectors, according to Peter Leibinger, CTO at Trumpf.
‘If the market for 3D printers continues to develop in line with current indications, then we see an opportunity for our company to achieve additional revenues of half a billion euros in a timescale of five to seven years,’ he said. ‘We want to gain a leading role in the market and secure a market share of around 20 per cent in the medium term.’