Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who is visiting Italy and Germany with a delegation of economic development officials, announced that German 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet AG will establish its first U.S. facility in Canton, MI.
Gov. Snyder said that voxeljet’s decision is good news that underscores Michigan’s attractiveness to leading-edge global companies.
voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer said the decision to locate their first U.S. service center in Michigan was based on the site’s proximity to potential customers in the Midwest region that make up a significant part of the U.S. automobile industry and its supply chain.
The company makes industrial 3D printing systems for a diverse range of industries, but the auto industry is the heaviest user of their 3D printing technology.
Dr. Ederer said they have extensive experience serving the 3D printing needs of European automakers, and now look forward to serving U.S. manufacturers.
The voxeljet service center in Canton is expected to be operational by the third quarter of this year, and will create 15-20 high tech manufacturing jobs.
Accompanying Gov. Snyder on the trip are Senior Automotive Adviser Nigel Francis and Michigan Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Michael A. Finney, along with other MEDC officials and representatives from local economic development agencies such as the Detroit Regional Chamber, Southwest Michigan First of Kalamazoo, and Right Place Inc. of Grand Rapids.
Francis said that German and Italian companies are significant investors and employers in Michigan’s automotive economy. He said that the Michigan delegation’s mission message for the trip is that Michigan has everything you need to succeed if you are in the auto industry and looking to invest or expand in North America.
Michigan is home to more than 350 German companies and over 40 Italian companies. These companies employ around 72,000 employees in the state, including a large concentration of high-wage jobs in the advanced automotive manufacturing and R&D sectors.
Apart from voxeljet, Gov. Snyder and the MI delegation also met with ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which has its North American headquarters in Northville, MI and employs more than 1,350 people in the state.
The delegation will also meet with other German companies including Heller Group, Eissmann Automotive Deutschland GmbH, WKW Walter Klein GmbH & Co. KG, and MANN+HUMMEL GmbH.
Gov. Snyder said the marketplace today is global and in order to stay competitive, they have to be aggressive in reaching out to world-class companies and continue their push to create more and better jobs for Michiganders.