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Physik Instrumente to add new facility in Massachusetts


The company says the new site will begin manufacturing products, including precision motion and automation systems, in 2025

Physik Instrumente (PI), a company focusing on nanopositioning, ultra-precision motion control and piezo technology has announced that it will be expanding its US production capacity with a new facility of around 120 000 square feet in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The company says its new US headquarters will be three times the aggregated space of its current locations in Auburn, Hopkinton, and Nashua.

Beginning in 2025, PI intends this facility to manufacture precision motion and automation systems, air bearings and piezoelectric transducers and nanopositioning components for leading-edge applications in industry and research, while also driving the development of innovative technologies.

PI’s products include precision motion and automation systems that can be used to fabricate photonic integrated circuits. The company recently launched PILightning, a new algorithm with AI-based functionality for photonic alignment. The product is hoped to reduce test and assembly costs, and facilitate rapid scaling of photonics manufacturing.

“Over the past five years, annual sales of PI USA have grown by more than 10 percent,” says Markus Spanner, CEO of the PI Group. “At the same time, PI’s production in the US increased by 30 to 50 percent each year. With this new production facility, we lay the foundation to meet the growing demands of the American markets. At the same time, by continuously increasing our local production, we further reduce lead times and provide even more flexibility to support our American customers.”

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