Feb 3, 2017 | By Benedict

GKN Powder Metallurgy has teamed up with additive manufacturing company EOS to produce 3D printed parts for the automotive sector and "lead the way in business-to-business industrial 3D printing."

Auto enthusiasts know that you don’t have to look far to find a well-made car in Germany. Unsurprisingly, you’ll have no trouble finding high-end metal additive manufacturing technology there either: Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, and EOS are just some of the major companies spearheading the European 3D printing market from German headquarters. It’s no surprise then that GKN, a British company, has looked to Deutschland in order to get a foothold in the fast-growing automotive additive manufacturing scene.

GKN recently announced a new partnership with Munich-based EOS, one of the world’s leading industrial additive manufacturing companies, that will see the two companies levering their own “excellent positions in their markets” to make an impact in the automotive industry. GKN Powder Metallurgy has expertise in implementing new technologies, including “digital factory” systems, in the automotive sector, as well as experience in developing and producing advanced metal powder materials. EOS, an innovator in the global 3D printing industry, offers all essential elements for industrial 3D printing, including a number of high-end DMLS 3D printers.

“Metal AM has huge potential to shape the future of industrial manufacturing and its products, and elevating this to a new level,” said Dr. Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy. “EOS and GKN will take on this challenge together. We want to ensure that more and more companies recognize and use the potential of this innovative technology. At the same time, we want to considerably expand the areas of application with new materials by testing and ultimately using them in series production.”

Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS, added: “The collaboration between GKN and EOS is another important step towards integrating industrial 3D printing into existing and future production lines and to leverage the benefits of AM technology for series production. With GKN we have the right partner who offers a high degree of experience with its global presence and its high-performance production for the automotive industry.”

To mark the new partnership, GKN and EOS held an “AM Experience Day” at the end of 2016 at GKN’s Innovation Centre in Radevormwald, Germany. The event attracted considerable interest from industry figures, and the two companies will therefore run a further eight AM Experience Days in Europe and North America in the near future. The events are being staged to show the technical and economic potential of industrial additive manufacturing, particularly in the automotive industry, to potential customers.

GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals, a manufacturer of precision automotive components, and Hoeganaes, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder. GKN plc, its parent group, has two other divisions besides GKN Powder Metallurgy. These are GKN Aerospace and GKN Driveline.

Additive manufacturing company EOS appears to have highlighted the importance of the automotive sector to its future endeavors. In addition to the GKN deal, EOS recently announced a partnership with car manufacturer Audi AG that will see the additive manufacturing company provide training and equipment to the automaker.



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