GE is investing about $200 million to build this new manufacturing facility, where it will install its first 3D printer. According to Thomas Mitchell, General Manager of Global Supply Chain for GE Power & Water's Distributed Power business, GE India will start with printing plastic parts and then manufacture metal components with 3D printing.
Instead of using traditional casting and welding techniques, GE uses additive manufacturing to mass-produce some critical compoent to be used in thousands of jet engines. The additive manufacturing process helps the company to manufacture complex parts cheaper and faster.
3D printing "makes unique shapes with high tech material, in a quick period of time, that is worth my time, and a lot of investment", said Jeff Immelt, GE chairman and CEO.
The s facility will focus on energy products and parts and components for power generation, transmission & distribution as well as measurement and control. GE India plans to hire over 2000 employees for this facility.