BASF targets 3D print market

The German chemicals group BASF has said that it will establish a new subsidiary, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, to target the additive manufacturing market starting 1st September.

In the chemical industry, BASF has the broadest product portfolio of materials that can be developed for 3D printing.
The photo shows two airless tires that were created with 3D printing technologies using thermoplastic polyurethane from BASF.

This new subsidiary will focus on materials as well as system solutions, components and services in the field of 3D printing. BASF has said that it intends to work closely with external partners to develop a wide range of solutions with a focus on industrial production. This will include automotive, aerospace and consumer goods.

To this end the new company will be based in Heidelberg, Germany, at the site of InnovationLab, which is itself a collaborative research and development platform. It counts BASF as one of its major shareholders, alongside Heidelberg Druckmaschinen, Heidelberg University, SAP, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

BASF has already been active in the 3D print space through Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF New Business. This company has operated out of its own 3D printing application technology center in Heidelberg, which the new 3D Printing Solutions company will take over. Consequently BASF already has around 30 experienced staff members who will be transferred to the new venture.

This includes Volker Hammes, the  managing director of BASF New Business, who will become the managing director of the 3D Printing Solutions company. He explained the reasons for the venture: “The field of 3D printing for industrial applications is highly dynamic and still emerging. This means there is a need for agile, startup-like structures with interdisciplinary teams and quick decision-making processes. Combining the customer-focused 3D printing activities in one location at a dedicated business is an important success factor.”


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