At the Paris Air Show today, GE announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Switzerland’s Oerlikon.
The deal will see GE Additive and 3D printing enterprises Concept Laser and Arcam EBM work together to accelerate the industrialization of additive manufacturing.
The transformative power of additive manufacturing
Speaking about today’s news, Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive said, “GE Additive and Oerlikon both understand the transformative power of additive manufacturing. This is further proof that the adoption rate of additive is growing rapidly and we’re proud to partner with Oerlikon.”
Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of Oerlikon adds,
Developing innovative technology is key to our growth strategy. We look forward to partnering with GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam on innovative materials and machines which will strengthen our position in additive manufacturing, and allows us to meet the growing demand for additive components in a variety of industries.
The terms of the MoU include the following,
- GE Additive and its affiliated companies will be preferred suppliers of additive manufacturing machines to Oerlikon.
- Oerlikon will become a GE Additive preferred component manufacturer and a materials supplier to GE Additive and its affiliated companies.
- Oerlikon and GE Additive will collaborate on machine and materials R&D.
Earlier this year Oerlikon announced plans to build a $55 million 3D printing facility in North Carolina.
Featured image shows GE Additive posters at Formnext 2016. Photo by Michael Petch.