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Wabtec joins Neighborhood 91

[ October 15, 2020   //   ]

Wabtec Corp. recently announced that it will join Neighborhood 91, the additive manufacturing production campus at Pittsburgh’s International Airport Innovation Campus.

Neighborhood 91 is the first development in the world to both condense and connect all components of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing supply chain into one powerful production ecosystem.

The agreement makes Wabtec the first manufacturing anchor tenant at Neighborhood 91 and builds upon the company’s growing additive technology capabilities and footprint in western Pennsylvania, which includes 3D-printing labs in Erie and Grove City.

“Additive technology is a key focus area for us that provides new capabilities to drive innovation where traditional manufacturing could not,” said Eric Gebhardt, Wabtec’s Chief Technology Officer. “This agreement continues our investment in resources that enable our engineers to design new and complex products for the industries we serve. As the first development in the world to connect all elements of the additive manufacturing supply chain into a single location, Neighborhood 91 is the ideal location to fully realize the potential of this technology.”

Wabtec will employ the latest in additive manufacturing technology to produce state-of-the-art, large-scale, lightweight parts for transit rail customers and reduce lead times by up to 80 percent. Production will include metal aluminum transit components like brake parts and heat sinks for freight locomotives. By 2025, the company plans to use additive manufacturing in the production of over 25,000 parts.
“Wabtec’s commitment to Neighborhood 91 is the latest example of our region continuing to move forward even in a pandemic,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “A Fortune 500 company, Wabtec’s decision to select Neighborhood 91 for its next manufacturing facility is a huge step for the development and Pittsburgh International Airport.”

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