Town gets a Dutch touch as 3D Print firm sets up base

NEW COMPANY: From right to left, Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Peter Wilson, Wouter Nunnikhoven, Ultimaker business consultant and Mick Mayor, director of Ultimaker
NEW COMPANY: From right to left, Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Peter Wilson, Wouter Nunnikhoven, Ultimaker business consultant and Mick Mayor, director of Ultimaker
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A leading business in the expanding 3D printing technology market is establishing its headquarters in Chorley creating 20 new jobs.

Ultimaker International Ltd, which serves businesses across the globe is establishing a UK base for its selling, marketing and distribution of 3D printers, following support from Chorley Council.

The company will set up base at Chorley Central Business Park, off Stump Lane.

Coun Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The 3D printing business is a market that is really starting to expand so for Ultimaker to choose Chorley is a huge boost for the borough.

“It was good to be able to offer an attractive package of benefits with a helpful approach to convince them to move here ahead of other locations they’d identified.

“They are also creating 20 jobs, which is great news for local people looking for work, and is a key reason why we are putting a big emphasis on supporting existing business and bringing new ones into the borough.”

The Dutch based manufacturer’s vision is to establish Ultimaker as a leader in the exploding market of 3D printing technology with a mission to continuously innovate and be the best desktop 3D printer.

The Ultimaker Board decided to establish a UK based international company for selling, marketing and the distribution of the Ultimaker product ranges to the world, with over 25 countries planned in the first phase. They chose Chorley because of its experience and reputation in international trade.

The move could also lead to a production/assembly unit being created in the next couple of years meaning there is a potential for more jobs being created.

Mick Mayor, Director of Ultimaker International Ltd, said “We’re delighted to be establishing a site in Chorley and this will be our UK base as we look to expand in what is a new technology.

“3D printing is already big business and in the next few years will grow to become an even bigger part of people’s everyday lives’’

“We chose Chorley because of its central location in the North West and the help from the council means we are able to create bespoke office space.