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Thales 3D Printing World Center to open in Casablanca with 3D Systems SLM printers

by • April 28, 2016 • 23s Comments


Thales Group, the dimensionsable French innovation group, has only confirmed its worthwhile investment to create a new plant located in a free zone of Casablanca, Morocco. The signing happened during the Marrakech Air Show.

Thales can invest tens of millions of euro into the construction and the acquisition of SLM Metal 3D Printers of Phenix Systems, a subsidiary of 3D Systems (DDD).

Christophe Farnaud, head of Africa for Thales, explained which the investment brings Thales into the Industry 4.0.

A 1,100 sqm createing with up to 10 Phenix SLM 3D Printers

The new plant can consist of a 1,100 sqm createing to be delivered in early 2017 by the Midparc company.

Jean-Claude Derbes, industrial director for the project, stated: “The project is launched. We are moving full speed, as we assume to be fully operational by the end of 2017…It can become Thales world center for our 3D Printing production”.

This is a primary coup for Casablanca, which aims to become a primary world city for the new innovation.

Thales engineers are working closely with 3D Systems engineers who are training them on the Phenis Systems 3D Printers. Thales engineering team should grow to 20 folks when the project is fully operational. The new Center can work with most various Thales divisions which include Thales Alenia Space, the satellite subsidiary which may already use the innovation.

Beautiful coup for Casablanca

Jean-claude Derbes detailed the reasons which convince the group to invest in Casablanca:

“Our center in Morocco can focus on products with high introduced value. It can create on the Casablanca Aeronautics ecosystem for all which is post-processing, mechanical operation or surface treatment. The choice of Morocco is explained by the existence of the donate chain and in addition the high end of its academic guide in mechanics “

Pierre Prigent, CEO of Thales Morocco, may not disclose the precise dimensions of the investment.We understand which it can include inside 5 years the acquisition of 10 SLM machines of Phenix Systems, 3D systems subsidiary based in Auvergne, France. The machines can print difficult parts in aluminum titanium, stainless steels and other alloys for the group and some day for external customers.

“The key is in addition a fully integrated approach to digital project plan with a view to Industry 4.0,” says Jean-Claude Derbes

The French group is engaged in relations with Morocco since 2006 with the creation of a subsidiary in Rabat which employs 35 folks.

The group had signed a framework agreement with the Moroccan government in 2011 on the development of its business in Morocco and academic cooperation.


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