GF AgieCharmilles, a provider of wire and die-sinking EDM systems, three- and five-axis milling machines and laser texturing technology, recently opened a new training academy at its Geneva, Switzerland headquarters. The academy’s state-of-the-art facility and curriculum will accelerate the expertise and skills of the company’s applications and service engineers worldwide. The new training academy features a massive machining center area with space for training, an updated metrology area, technical and training labs as well as classrooms – all of which are intended to further leverage the company’s ever-expanding knowledge base. According to Gisbert Ledvon, director of business development for GF AgieCharmilles in North America, the advanced technical expertise of GF AgieCharmilles employees helps drive the company’s pioneering work in the development of new technologies, products and services for the manufacturing of high-precision parts and components developed over the last 60 years. “Our customers rely on both our high-quality machines and applications expertise to increase their productivity and profitability,” noted Ledvon. “The advanced employee training provided by our new academy will set industry standards and enable us to exceed customer expectations like never before.” GF AgieCharmilles customers include moldmakers and manufacturers across a wide range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, information and communications technology, electronics and watchmaking. With the latest investment in GF AgieCharmilles employees, the academy opening sets the stage to build on a culture of excellence. GF AgieCharmilles employs 2,712 across 50 sites worldwide. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Lincolnshire, Illinois.