HP, Andhra Pradesh govt ink MoU on Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (CoE)

Sumeer Chandra and Chandrababu Naidu
Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc. India with Hon’ble CM of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu

HP Inc India has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) and Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) in a bid to build Center of Excellence (CoE) for additive manufacturing powered by HP’s 3D printing technology.

The CoE is part of the Andhra Pradesh government’s vision for boosting the implementation of  3D printing across various industry sectors namely defence, consumer goods, healthcare, apparel, automotive, aerospace, and construction. It will be supported by HP’s cutting-edge 3D printers that can control short run production and functional prototyping.

As a part of the MoU, HP will be the key knowledge provider for this initiative. It will ensure its global 3D printing expertise for supporting various training programmes that will be conducted at the CoE.

Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) will ensure infrastructural support and enable essential certifications and accreditations. Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) will promote the usage of the CoE by government departments, Defence and Public Sector enterprises.

Apart from ensuring 3D printing services easy availability, the CoE will provide the Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) and Start-ups in Andhra Pradesh with the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of additive manufacturing, and how they can utilise 3D printing for digitally transform their own operations or to grow their business.

“India’s manufacturing sector is experiencing resurgence, fueled by many emerging technologies. HP is supporting this phenomenon by democratizing future-ready technologies such as 3D Printing. We are excited to support Andhra Pradesh Government’s progressive initiative to drive adoption of 3D Printing through the new Centre of Excellence. We believe HP’s cutting-edge 3D Printing technology will fuel innovation in manufacturing and help upskill young professionals to make them ready for Industry 4.0,” said Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc. India.

“Manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh has great potential as a lot of demand is slated to come from domestic consumption. Andhra Pradesh’s impetus in automotive, electronics and aerospace makes technologies like 3D printing market-ready. This MoU with HP Inc for setting up a Centre of Excellence and Innovation Hub marks a paradigm shift in how Governments are taking a crucial role in spearheading lean manufacturing and assisting today’s youth to adapt to rapidly changing industrial landscapes due to technological disruptions, said J. Krishna Kishore, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB).

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