BASF New Business GmbH has formally agreed to expand its additive manufacturing activities with the acquisition of the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo, an acquisition that no one saw coming.
Acknowledged in the 3D Printing industry as one of the pioneers that survived the crisis several companies went through between 2012 & 2014, Sculpteo has successfully established itself in France (Paris) and in San Francisco (USA).
It’s been a decade already that Sculpteo has operated an online platform with integrated production for the manufacturing of prototypes, individual objects, and serial production components with a range of different additive manufacturing technologies.
For BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, this acquisition is an opportunity to commercialize and establish new industrial 3D printing materials. The giant will also develop the existing Sculpteo 3D printing platform further into a global network.
“Through the acquisition of Sculpteo, we can provide customers and partners with even faster access to our innovative 3D printing solutions. In addition, our customers will benefit from an extended range of services”, explains Dr. Dietmar Bender, Managing Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions. “Together with Sculpteo, we are pursuing our goal of establishing additive manufacturing as a proven technology for industrial mass production“, says Bender.
“Combining the strengths of both companies will provide Sculpteo’s existing customers with access to a more extensive portfolio of 3D printing materials. “We are excited to join the BASF team and thus benefit from BASF’s outstanding R&D to provide our customers with innovative solutions”, says Clément Moreau, CEO and Co-Founder of Sculpteo. Moreau will stay with Sculpteo as CEO.
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