GF Machining Solutions at a glance
GF Machining Solutions is one of the world’s leading providers of complete solutions to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The portfolio includes milling, wire-cutting and die-sinking EDM machines. Moreover, the division offers spindles, laser texturing, additive manufacturing, tooling and automation as well as digitalization solutions and customer services. The key customer segments are the aerospace, ICT, medical and automotive industries.
GF Machining Solutions is present in more than 50 countries with its own sales companies. In addition, the division operates production facilities and research and development centers in Switzerland, the USA, Sweden and China.
New strategic partnership in additive manufacturing
In August 2018, GF Machining Solutions announced a strategic partnership with 3D Systems, Rock Hill (USA), a leader in additive manufacturing. The goal is to develop integrated manufacturing solutions based on additive manufacturing technology. The partnership combines 3D Systems’ expertise in metal additive manufacturing and GF Machining Solutions’ conventional metal machining knowledge. The first machine that was developed together – the DMP Factory 500 – was presented in September 2018 on the occasion of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago (USA).
Creating a modern innovation center
GF Machining Solutions is building a new innovation and production facility in Biel (Switzerland). The milling and laser operations in Switzerland will be concentrated in one state-of-the-art production plant. The three current locations in Nidau, Ipsach and Luterbach will be brought together under the roof of the new building, with approx. 450 workplaces. This lays the ideal foundations for future growth through synergies and streamlined processes. In building a modern R&D center on site, GF Machining Solutions is also preparing for the future. The relocation of the current sites will take place until mid-year 2019 and the official opening is planned in September 2019. The new building was planned with a strong focus on sustainability – it will boast fiberglass insulation exclusively and the waste heat given off by the machines will in turn be used to heat the building.