Airbus, LM Industries to create mobility startup, Neorizon
Airbus and LM Industries, a digital manufacturer, have announced the formation of Neorizon to provide disruptive and innovative products with an initial focus on local mobility and autonomy. The Neorizon microfactory will build products at unprecedented speeds through the combination of co-creation and cutting-edge technology. Its efficiency will allow products to be iterated regularly to match customers' needs and preferences. We've been working with LM Industries' team at Local Motors since early 2016 when we realized the unique value proposition surrounding direct digital manufacturing and open-source design," says Peter Weckesser, Digital Transformation Officer of Airbus Defence and Space. "Both parties recognized the commercial opportunities for pooling resources and expertise, specifically combining LM Industries' digital manufacturing with Airbus' materials expertise, metal 3D printing and additive manufacturing, and prototyping and serial production capabilities." Neorizon's headquarters and microfactory will be built at Airbus' Ludwig-Bolkow-Campus near Munich, Germany in conjunction with an Innovation Campus including a new Technical University of Munich Campus. The microfactory will bring 150-200 high tech jobs along with design and engineering apprenticeship opportunities for those still pursuing or without completed formal education. To facilitate consistent engagement and brainstorms, the microfactory comes complete with a built gathering space and an "innovation coffee shop" for Industry 4.0 leadership.