Oerlikon announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE Additive to collaborate on accelerating the industrialization of additive manufacturing (AM).
The five-year agreement between Oerlikon and GE specifies the provision of additive machines and services by GE to Oerlikon, and Oerlikon becoming a preferred AM component manufacturer and materials supplier to GE Additive and its affiliated companies. Further, GE and Oerlikon will collaborate on research and development in additive machines and materials over the period of the agreement. The MoU, announced at the International Paris Air Show, includes GE Additive affiliated companies Concept Laser and Arcam AB.
Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of the Oerlikon Group, said: “Developing innovative technology is key to our growth strategy and a distinct advantage Oerlikon brings to customers. Partnering with GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam AB on innovative AM materials and machines will strengthen both companies’ positions in additive manufacturing, and allows us to meet the growing demand for additive components, materials and services in many industries.”
Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, Mohammad Ehteshami, added: “GE Additive and Oerlikon both understand the transformative power of additive manufacturing. As the adoption rate of AM grows rapidly, it is through strategic partnerships that we can push forward the uptake of AM in industries, and we’re proud to partner with Oerlikon.”
Key terms of the MoU include:
- GE Additive and its affiliated companies will be preferred suppliers of AM machines to Oerlikon.
- Oerlikon will become a GE Additive preferred component manufacturer and materials supplier to GE Additive and its affiliated companies.
- Oerlikon and GE Additive will collaborate on machine and materials R&D.