3D printer manufacturer Stratasys has started local operations in Singapore to tap demand in Southeast Asia, expanding its Asian presence beyond Hong Kong.
Adoption of 3D printing, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, has increased significantly in the past few years, said Jonathan Jaglom, general manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan at Stratasys. "In addition to Singapore, other governments, including China and Japan, have also stated their support for the industry. We expect adoption to grow in the region."
Earlier this year, the Singapore government allocated some S$500 million (US$398 million) over the next five years to boost capabilities in advanced manufacturing, with 3D printing a key area.
The Stratasys announcement was in conjunction with its participation in the Inside 3D Printing Conference, which is making its Asia debut in Singapore. The company's customers in Southeast Asia currently include those from sectors such as automotive, consumer electronics, consumer goods, industrial machinery, education, medical and dental.