Officials from GE Additive, Concept Laser, and Arcam AB have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Oerlikon to collaborate on accelerating the industrialization of additive manufacturing (AM). The agreement includes the provision of additive machines and services to Oerlikon, while Oerlikon becomes a preferred AM component manufacturer and a materials supplier to GE Additive and its affiliated companies. Further, GE and Oerlikon will collaborate on additive machine and materials research and development over the five year period of the agreement. The MoU was announced at the Paris Air Show.
"GE Additive and Oerlikon both understand the transformative power of additive manufacturing," said Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, Mohammad Ehteshami. "This is further proof that the adoption rate of additive is growing rapidly and we're proud to partner with Oerlikon."
Some of the agreements within 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 a materials supplier to GE Additive and its affiliated companies
• Oerlikon and GE Additive will collaborate on machine and materials R&D
Dr. Fischer, CEO of Oerlikon said: "Developing innovative technology is key to our growth strategy and a distinct advantage of Oerlikon. We look forward to partnering with GE Additive, Concept Laser, and Arcam on innovative AM 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."
In addition to GE’s investment of approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies during the past 10 years, GE invested $1.4 billion in Concept Laser and Arcam. In 2016, the company established GE Additive to become a leading supplier of additive technology, materials, and services for industries and businesses worldwide.
Oerlikon offers expertise in advanced materials, AM production, post processing, and surface solutions. In 2016, Oerlikon acquired Citim GmbH to complement its additive production capabilities in Europe and the U.S. Oerlikon is also building an AM powder production facility in Plymouth, Michigan; an R&D and production facility in Charlotte, North Carolina; and an R&D and innovation center in Munich, Germany.