InkClub, a Swedish online retailer, has acquired 3D Prima. Located in Malmö, 3D Prima is an online retailer of 3D printers and 3D printing supplies. It was founded in 2014 and now, five years later, the company has sold over 20,000 3D printers worldwide.
“3D Prima is a fast-growing e-commerce player and we were one of the first to sell 3D-printing products online,” says Jacob Mårtensson, founder and CEO of 3D Prima.
“From the beginning it has been important that a new partner has an understanding of our business model. inkClub has both the experience and the e-commerce expertise that we believe is important now when 3D prima is growing.”
The growing 3D printing market
In addition to selling 3D printers and 3D printing supplies, 3D Prima also manufactures two filament brands named Prima SELECT and Prime VALUE. Both of these are produced at 3D Prima’s European facilities.
On the other hand, inkClub is an online retailer, specializing in 2D printers, toners, and office supplies ranging from coffee to computer accessories. According to inkClub the choice to invest in a 3D printing company was made after considering the growth potential of the industry.
Martin Benckert, CEO of inkClub said, “We see a strong future in 3D printing. It opens a whole new market for us in addition to the established ink and toner market.”
“The segment shows high market potential and we find it extra exciting to invest in this niche player. We will now be at the forefront of the new technology.”
Bringing 2D and 3D together
The deal between the two companies was brokered by Jarl Securities, a Swedish equity research company, which acted as a financial advisor to 3D Prima. Mårtensson said, “Jarl Securities played an important role helping us finding a new partner and executing this structured process. They understand the e-commerce market and the team at Jarl Securities exceeded all of our expectations.”
Jarl Securities operates under CatCap, a Hamburg-based investment bank, which acquired Jarl Securities last year.
On its role in the recent business deal, Vice President of Jarl Securities, Magnus Haegermark, commented, “We are very pleased to have found a strategic partner for 3D Prima. InkClub is the given partner and is now strengthening its offering as one of the strongest e-commerce players in the Nordic region.”
“3D printing is not a hype but a tool for both companies and consumers in creative and manufacturing environments.”
Full terms of the deal remain undisclosed.
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Featured image shows a 3D printed model made with PrimaSelect PLA. Image via 3D Prima.