Ulsan chosen to print ships

How soon till a ship comes hot off the press? Ulsan, the Korean industrial city where Hyundai Heavy Industries is based, is set to spend big on developing 3D printing with ships in mind.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has chosen Ulsan as the base to carry out research into 3D printing and manufacturing of ships and offshore equipment. Around $20m will be spent in a five-year period starting in 2017.

Thus far, 3D printing and ships have only been mooted among navies, led by the US and the UK.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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