BASF Acquires Two 3D Printing Material Manufacturers for Expanding its Market Presence

BASF New Business GmbH (BNB), headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany recently completely acquired two manufacturers of 3D printing materials, Advanc3D based in Germany and Setup Performance SAS based in Lyon, France. The acquisition will boost the 3D printing material options offered by BASF and is an important step towards expanding its market in the 3D printing business.

Both the new companies will be a part of the BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH (B3DPS) which specializes in materials, system solutions, components and services in the field of 3D printing. They will form a critical part in the expansion of BASF.

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Above: BASF is expanding & strengthening its market presence by acquiring the two new 3D printing material manufacturers/Image Credit: BASF

Speaking about the recent acquisition. Dr. Dietmar Bender, Vice President Manufacturing & Technology at BNB said, “Following our acquisition of Innofil3D last year and the consequent strengthening of our market presence in plastic filaments for layer extrusion we are now in similar fashion expanding our market access in the area of powder bed fusion. The portfolio complements our existing range, being perfectly suited to products such as polyamide 11, polyamide 12 and polypropylene.”

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Above: SLS powder materials by Advanc3D Materials/Image Credit: Advanc3D Materials

Germany-based Advanc3D Materials is a manufacturer of advanced, customized plastic powder for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process and FDM/FFF filaments for plastic extrusion 3D printers. It is already well established in the market by offering a wide range of 3D printing materials.

France-based Setup Performance SAS is an important partner of Advanc3D materials helping in the development and manufacturing of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) materials. The company’s product & process development and production site in Lyon are noted for its high efficiency and short development cycles for new products.

François Minec, Managing Director of Advanc3D explains, “We are looking forward to being part of BASF. This will enable us to expand and further develop new formulations for the industrial additive manufacturing activities of our customers all over the world.”

Dr. Dietmar Bender added, “This know-how, the infrastructure, and the advanced materials are a perfect complement for us. This acquisition is a further step toward our objective to become a leading supplier of powder-based 3D printing materials and formulations for industrial 3D printing.”

Existing and new customers, especially in the automotive and consumer goods industries, can now benefit from the expanded portfolio of BASF 3D Printing Solutions.

About BASF New Business
BASF New Business GmbH (BNB) searches out long-term trends and innovative topics in industry and society as well as future markets analyzes their growth potential and checks whether potential new business areas are suitable for BASF.

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