Founder of EOS hands over leadership to Dr. Adrian Keppler

Dr. Adrian Keppler, managing director of industrial 3D printer company EOS GmbH, has been appointed the company’s new CEO and Speaker of Corporate Management. Dr. Hans J. Langer, the founder of EOS will stay on as CEO and Chairman of the EOS Group, though Dr. Keppler will be in charge of implementing the EOS strategy together with CTO Dr. Tobias Abeln and CFO Eric Paffrath.

Powder bed fusion on an EOS metal 3D printer. Photo via EOS
Powder bed fusion on an EOS metal 3D printer. Photo via EOS

Towards “digitalization” and the march of Industry 4.0

In the announcement of his new position, Dr. Keppler first thanks the Langer family “for entrusting me with this new position” commenting that, “I look forward to the task ahead.” In terms of the EOS strategy, he states,

Our goal is to continue building on our leading market position and make a key contribution towards digitalization in the context of Industry 4.0. The market for Additive Manufacturing (AM) offers a great deal of potential for the future. We will support a continually growing number of customers from a broad range of industries and fields of application in integrating industrial 3D printing in existing manufacturing environments.

In response to Keppler’s statement, Dr. Langer comments,

I am very happy to see Dr. Keppler taking on this new challenge. Even today, we can take pride in the fact that EOS continues to perform according to plan and is growing quicker than the market as a whole. With his wealth of experience in entering new market segments, Dr. Keppler is the right person to lead EOS GmbH into a successful future and continue developing it within the EOS Group.

Dr. Langer’s focus will now be on the direction of the EOS Group as whole, managing the strategic expansion and development of e-manufactruing solutions.

An invested commitment to Industry 4.0

So far in 2017, EOS has been advancing its commitment to the next industrial revolution through a number of software, hardware, and business announcements.

The company is a founding member of the “Next Generation Additive Manufacturing” project for serial production with aerospace specialists Premium AEROTEC, and Mercedes-Benz producer Daimler.

Sketch of EOS's "NextGenAM" factory concept. Image via Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler
Sketch of EOS’s “NextGenAM” factory concept. Image via Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler

At Hannover Messe 2017 EOS also presented it’s P 396 polymer 3D printer as a ‘Digital Factory’ solution.

Furthermore, the company has entered into strategic metal 3D printing partnerships with German car manufacturer Audi, and the powder metallurgy branch of British engineering company GKN. It is also advancing Industry 4.0 internal digitization in a software collaboration with 3YOURMIND.

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Featured image: Dr. Adrian Keppler, new CEO and Speaker of Corporate Management at EOS. Photo by FTP Edelman/EOS