Kingsbury enters additive manufacturing sector

Known for selling turnkey metalcutting systems to UK and Irish manufacturing industry based on prestigious German machine tool agency ranges of CNC turning, milling and grinding centres, Kingsbury has announced that with immediate effect it is also offering additive manufacturing solutions.

It follows the company’s appointment as an exclusive distributor within the same markets for AddUp Global Additive Solutions, created on 1st April 2016 by two giants of French industry, Michelin and the Fives industrial engineering group, which jointly own the company.

The venture was born out of Michelin’s extensive use of powder-bed additive techniques for producing sipes for moulds, which give tyres their tread patterns, and the company’s desire to commercialise its expertise. In September 2015 Michelin partnered with Fives, which brought advanced machine tool design and build experience to the business enterprise.

Richard Kingsbury, managing director of Kingsbury commented, “We have created a new Additive Manufacturing division at our offices in the Midlands, headed by Richard Hughes, to operate alongside our Large Prismatic Machines (LPM) and Milling Turning Grinding (MTG) technology divisions.

“We will be looking to include further additive manufacturing processes in our portfolio in the coming months, signalling our intention to move strongly into this expanding area of manufacturing.”