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thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen Collaborate to strengthen Additive Manufacturing Solutions for Maritime Industry

The collaboration will strengthen the additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem for commercially viable maritime services globally

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Above: thyssenkrupp German Headquarters/Image Credit: thyssenkrupp

thyssenkrupp, the German multinational conglomerate with a focus on industrial engineering and steel production, announced its collaboration with Wilhelmsen, one of the largest maritime products and service providers in the world, to jointly develop Additive Manufacturing (AM) enabled commercial solutions for the maritime industry.

thyssenkrupp & Wilhelmsen Join Hands

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Above: (From Left) Dr. Markus Oles – Head of Innovation Strategy and Projects at thyssenkrupp, Kjell André Engen – EVP Marine Products at Wilhelmsen Ships Service & Espen Sivertsen – CEO at Ivaldi Group at the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony/Image Credit: thyssenkrupp

Both thyssenkrupp & Wilhelmsen Marine Products division signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which they will collaborate on providing 3D printed components for maritime vessels by leveraging thyssenkrupp’s expertise in AM and Wilhelmsen’s maritime industry expertise and develop commercial solutions through 3D printing as a Service for vessels.

The collaboration will also leverage the capabilities of the recently inaugurated thyssenkrupp Tech Center in Singapore and its Global Additive Manufacturing Tech Center in Mulheim, which has been awarded the Approval of Manufacturer certificate by leading quality assurance and risk management firm DNV GL. The high-level certification, which allows thyssenkrupp to supply metal 3D products for application in maritime and other industrial sectors, further cements the company’s distinctive capabilities to design and fabricate metal parts and components utilizing additive manufacturing.

Speaking on the collaboration, Jan Lueder, CEO of thyssenkrupp Asia Pacific said, “We are extremely excited about this new milestone for us in the arena of Additive Manufacturing. After securing the world’s first certified facility for marine 3D printing, we are now partnering with one of the biggest shipping companies in the world to deliver our AM expertise to our marine customers across the globe.”

According to Kjell André Engen, Executive Vice President, Marine Products, Wilhelmsen, “Wilhelmsen is built on innovation, and our partnership with thyssenkrupp once again shows how we are leveraging technology to further elevate the maritime industry. AM offers a lot of advantages, and we can clearly demonstrate to our customers how they will benefit from on-demand manufacturing of spare parts.”

Apart from thyssenkrupp & Wilhelmsen Marine Products division, the collaboration is also joined by Ivaldi Group, a startup partly owned by Wilhelmsen, to utilize its platform to market and offer 3D printed products for the maritime industry. This partnership of two globally renowned enterprises – thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen – and fast-rising startup Ivaldi Group, bodes well for the burgeoning Additive Manufacturing ecosystem.

Excited about joining the big league collaboration, Espen Sivertsen, CEO of Ivaldi Group “We are privileged to be part of this exciting collaboration paving the way for AM in the maritime industry. Combining our capabilities will surely positive impact the sector as well as all our customers and partners around the world.”

The coming together of the three formidable companies bodes well for the future of AM in various sectors both in Singapore as well as across the region.

Lueder concluded, “Formalizing this partnership here in Singapore is only natural given the size of maritime industry here and the vibrant innovation ecosystem which Singapore offers. We look forward to introducing our deep engineering expertise and solutions to customers here in the Asia Pacific and potentially the rest of the world to the wonders of AM for the marine industry.”


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