GKN Powder Metallurgy announced multiple new partnerships with EOS and PostNord AB. While it will partner with EOS to industrialise Metal 3D printing, the partnership with PostNord AB will focus on improving the additive manufacturing supply chain. The news of the partnerships was announced at the FormNext 2018 conference.
Partnership with EOS
Both the companies, GKN Powder Metallurgy, and EOS, have already designed a new and high-productivity process for laser metal 3D printing. This new process reduces the production time by 70% and overall cost by 50%. This strategic partnership with EOS will help sectors other than aerospace and automotive to embrace the additive manufacturing technology into their workflow more easily. The combination of GKN’s innovative metal powder, EOS StainlessSteel 316L VPro, and EOS’s unique process and additive manufacturing expertise, make it possible to create a high-performance part designed for end-use at scale.
Speaking on the partnership with EOS, Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy said, “We’re thinking differently about what’s possible in manufacturing; metal 3D printing and rapid prototyping have become a formidable part of our business.
He added, “This collaboration makes laser metal 3D printing a viable long-term solution for manufacturers across the board that require fast delivery turnaround and could benefit from the high degree of design freedom that comes with Laser 3D printing. Our customers will be able to produce higher quality parts faster than ever before, with absolutely no tooling.”
According to Dr. Adrian Keppler, CEO at EOS, “In order to expand our footprint in the automotive industry, we were looking for a strong partner with a high level of expertise in the field of steels and typical industry grade materials combined with a proven track record of further industrializing technologies together with customer applications. We found a perfect partner in GKN Powder Metallurgy. Based on this partnership, our customers will benefit from higher build speeds and lower material costs resulting in a significantly optimized cost per part. This is going to lower the entry barrier and will enable completely new application fields.”
Partnership with PostNord AB
The Nordic logistics solution provider will closely work with GKN to empower the global manufacturers to optimize their part supply chain with streamlined logistics that make it easy and fast to get parts where they need to go in the Nordic region.
Speaking on the partnership, Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy said, “We’re joining forces with PostNord AB because we see an opportunity to improve the manufacturing supply chain, particularly in the Nordic region.”
He continued, “This partnership will offer an incredible benefit to our customers by reducing part turnaround by nearly two business days which is critical for the customers PostNord serves. Our metal 3D printing technology is disrupting the traditional manufacturing industry by greatly reducing manufacturing lead-times with the capability of producing more complex products. Collaborating with PostNord AB bridges the logistics gap we see in the marketplace and ensures that printed parts get to manufacturers efficiently and on time. That is the first step before establishing additive manufacturing linked to the GKN Powder Metallurgy print network.”
CEO of PostNord Strålfors Group, Ylva Ekborn said, “Metal 3D printing offers tangible benefits to manufacturers who implement the technology, with significant bottom-line benefits. This collaboration only scratches the surface of what’s possible as manufacturers explore new ways to capitalize on advancements in technology and new logistics strategies to gain a competitive edge. Furthermore, this shows PostNord can be a supplier of 3D production in a wide range of materials, from plastic to metal, throughout the Nordic region.”
About GKN Powder Metallurgy: GKN Powder Metallurgy is your full metal shapes solutions provider, shaping powder metal into high performance and high precision components. The company consists of GKN Hoeganaes, GKN Sinter Metals, and GKN Additive to provide powder materials, conventional components, and Additive Manufacturing production.
About EOS: EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes.
About PostNord: PostNord is the leading supplier of communication and logistics solutions to, from and within the Nordic region. They have the expertise and strong distribution network which helps them develop options for tomorrow’s communication, e-commerce, distribution and logistics in the Nordic region.
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