On Wednesday, June 7, EWI hosted a contingent from the Ulsan Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea, to sign a collaboration agreement to pursue R&D activities for the mutual benefit of both parties. These include a project funded by the South Korean government to develop next-generation additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, a staff exchange to foster collaborative research and development in manufacturing innovation, and the exploration of establishing an EWI-operated research center in Ulsan to serve South Korea and the greater Asia Pacific Region.
The delegation from South Korea’s “capital city of industries,” led by Ulsan Governor Kim Gi-hyeon, met with EWI executives and technology leaders at the company’s Ohio headquarters to officially formalize their collaborative relationship in a brief signing ceremony. The visitors later had the opportunity to tour the Columbus laboratories to see the range of innovative technologies and manufacturing solutions being developed by EWI to advance manufacturing in a competitive global market.
“We are honored that you have made this visit to our flagship facility,” said EWI President and CEO Henry Cialone to the Ulsan guests. “We are very excited about the prospects for collaboration under our new MOU [Memorandum of Understanding], including the possibility of establishing EWI Korea in Ulsan.
Following the visit to EWI in Columbus, several members of the Ulsan delegation traveled on to Buffalo Manufacturing Works in western New York, where they toured another one of EWI’s state-of-the-art research labs.
Collaborative activities between EWI and Ulsan will begin in the coming months.