Stratasys today held the official inauguration of its new manufacturing facility in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat. The grand event featured a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony and breakfast for Stratasys employees to mark the official opening and successful completion of the Production and Operations facility. Stratasys had the honor to host Israel’s Minister of Finance, Mr. Yair Lapid, who spoke to the attentive crowd.
The Minister was welcomed at the facility by a group of 60 Stratasys staffers who completed a five-hour, 45-km bike ride, starting from Stratasys’ Rehovot headquarters at 5 in the morning. The bike ride ended with the symbolic passing of the Stratasys torch to Amir Kleiner, VP of Operations in Israel, who will head the Kiryat Gat facility.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was kicked off by Ilan Levin, Director of Stratasys, who said: “The opening of the facility marks an important milestone for Stratasys as part of our commitment to manufacturing high quality 3D printers and materials. The new facility will enable us to respond to increasing demand, will improve the quality of production, and will improve the working environment and conditions of the production team.”
Finance Minister learns about 3D printing’s role in manufacturing
During his visit, Finance Minister Lapid was invited to tour the production floor to learn about 3D printing and its role in design and manufacturing – from the initial idea right through to the final product. Among other things, Mr. Lapid was impressed by the manufacturing capabilities of Stratasys 3D printers. Lapid also spent some time with Stratasys production floor employees and discussed their training and experience.
The new building in Kiryat Gat is an expansion of Stratasys’ resin consumables facility that was established in 2009. The site is the major manufacturing and assembly site for the production of 3D printers based on PolyJet technology. The facility also incorporates production lines for PolyJet resin consumables and Stratasys operations, purchasing and logistics divisions.
Speaking at the ceremony, Israel’s Minister of Finance, Mr. Yair Lapid, said that Stratasys provides a boost to the local economy and employment: “If you want to understand how to create an economy, look here. Stratasys has built a facility with the latest 3D printing technology, contributing to the circle of employment. Kiryat Gat forms the microcosm of our economic activities creating the engine of growth. Many of the people working in the facility are from the area. This creates a cycle. Jobs generate growth which in turn, increase the standard of living. A factory, like the one inaugurated here today, which exports more than 99% of its products, is a major engine of growth for this region.”
Other notable participants in the facility’s inauguration included the Mayor of Kiryat Gat, Mr. Aviram Dahari, who joined the Stratasys leadership team; Ilan Levin, Director of Stratasys; Avi Jacoby, Stratasys Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Training; and Arita Mattsoff, VP Marketing at Stratasys.