To serve its EMEA Invisalign clients, the company will add more than 2,500 new positions over the next several years.
Align Technology has announced its plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Poland to address the large and underpenetrated market opportunity in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, which, according to the company, represents over 5 million annual orthodontic case starts and more than 150 million EMEA consumers who can potentially benefit from its product. The new Wroclaw plant will be Align’s first in the EMEA region and its third plant worldwide, joining Juarez, Mexico and Ziyang, China.
The new facility is expected to begin supplying customers in the EMEA region in early 2022, with plans to support all EMEA Invisalign case shipments by 2024. The investment is part of Align’s strategy to bring its operational facilities closer to its customers. More than 9.6 million patients have been treated with the Invisalign system worldwide, including 2 million patients in the EMEA region as of the fourth quarter of 2020. The multi-million-dollar investment by Align is one of the larger projects by an international company in the greater Wroclaw area.
“I’m excited to announce plans to open our first aligner manufacturing facility in the EMEA region, and third globally. This significant investment underscores our commitment to the more than 62,700 Invisalign trained doctors and their patients in the EMEA region and extends our local operations in the region that include treatment planning facilities (TREAT), based in Poland, Germany, and Spain,” said Emory Wright, Align senior vice president of global operations.