Additive Industries announces partnership with Laser Lines at TCT Show

Additive Industries | September 25, 2018

Additive Industries has announced a partnership with Laser Lines Ltd, a supplier of 3D printers, additive manufacturing systems, 3D scanning equipment, lasers, and accessories, to accelerate its presence in the UK and Ireland. The companies announced their partnership at the opening of TCT Show held at the NEC in Birmingham.
The appointment of Laser Lines Ltd as an agent follows the recent announcement by Additive Industries of the expansion of its Process & Application Development network with a centre in the UK. Both companies have teamed up to accelerate the maturing UK & Ireland market for industrial metal additive manufacturing systems.

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