Jun 13, 2017 | By Tess

Just over a year ago, HP Inc. stunned the additive manufacturing industry with the launch of its Jet Fusion 3D printer, which promised faster and cheaper 3D printing. Now, the company is still pushing the benefits of its Jet Fusion system, and has announced a significant expansion into the Asia-Pacific market.

Through a series of new oversees partnerships, including those with Shining 3D ePrint and Infinite 3D Printing, HP will see its 3D printing solutions become available in multiple countries, including Greater China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Australia.

The multi-faceted expansion consists of various parts: HP will be extending its commercial solutions availability as well as its reseller program throughout the Asia-Pacific region; Shining 3D ePrint and Infinite 3D Printing are lined up to deploy HP 3D printing solutions in over 50 facilities; Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Company will be joining HP’s open materials ecosystem; and finally, HP plans to establish new 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centers in countries across the region.

"Ubiquitous connectivity and technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, sensors, and 3D printing are sparking the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And perhaps no industry, and no region, has more opportunity in front of it than the nearly $6 trillion Asia-Pacific manufacturing sector," said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc.

"We are excited to bring the industry's leading 3D printing technology, most robust partner community, and most innovative materials ecosystem to help this world-class manufacturing community accelerate their reinvention,” he added. “Anchored by some of the most advanced companies in the world, the region's diverse and dynamic collection of global brands, large contract manufacturers, and materials leaders is primed to play a significant role in this global industry transformation.”

In expanding its HP Partner 3D Printing Specialization program within the Asia-Pacific region, HP has brought on a number of new members, including Aurora, AM Korea, ECSS, evok3d, Eye2Eye, Infinite 3D Printing, FormX, Huxen, Hyunwoo Data, Shining 3D ePrint, Trustworthy, Wenpoo, and 3D Pro.

HP says these partnerships will help it to extend its reach beyond the North American and European markets, increasing its influence across the global 3D printing industry. More partners are expected to be brought on as part of the expansion.

WIth over 10,000 customers across 70 countries, Shining 3D ePrint is one of China’s leading 3D printing companies. Through its agreement with HP, it will be deploying the latter’s 3D printing solutions in over 50 of its facilities in China, including its locations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai.

Additionally, Shining 3D ePrint will also become a part of HP’s Partner First 3D Printing Specialization reseller program, and will reportedly support the establishment of new 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centers across China. Mr. Zhao Dong Lai, President, Shining 3D ePrint commented: "The speed, quality, and economics of HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions make them an ideal foundation for the next generation of 3D services and parts we deliver to our wide array of customers across the globe."

Infinite 3D Printing, a leading Chinese 3D printing company with a specialty in education, training, and R&D, will also be deploying HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions in a number of its facilities, including in Suzhou and Qingdao. Infinite 3D Printing will also become a part of HP's Partner First 3D Printing Specialization reseller program.

The Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Company, for its part, will become a part of HP’s open materials ecosystem, joining the likes of BASF, Arkema, Evonik, Henkel, Lehmann & Voss, and more. Specifically, Sinopec Yanshan will be collaborating with HP to develop polyolefin-based 3D printing powders for use on HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology.

"The combined global footprint and shared vision of Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Company and HP will help transform the 3D printing materials marketplace, and the entire global manufacturing industry," said Mr. Jiao Yang, vice president of Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Company. "HP's open platform will help us and our global customers to collaborate and achieve a win-win."

Finally, with the support of its new partners, HP will be setting up a number of new 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centers across the Asia-Pacific region, including in Beijing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai, Suzhou, Taipei, Tokyo, Singapore, and Melbourne. The centers are aimed at helping businesses “engage with HP’s Jet Fusion 3D Printing solutions in production scenarios.”

All in all, it seems HP is taking all the right steps towards expanding its 3D printing business. We wonder what market it will target next.



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