Les deux leaders du marché de la fabrication additive ajoutent de nouvelles compétences à leur panoplie de moyens et de services.
Stratasys annonce le rachat de Solid Concepts et de Harvest Technologies, deux sociétés présentes dans les activités de service dans la fabrication additive.
Under the agreement terms with Solid Concepts, Stratasys will acquire the Californian organisation for up to $295 million, including a payment on closing of $172 million. Stratasys will acquire Harvest Technologies for an undisclosed amount.
Solid Concepts is the largest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and is a fast-growing partner to Stratasys’ existing digital manufacturing organisation RedEye. Founded in 1992 with some 450 employees, Solid Concepts has developed extensive US infrastructure and is well known in the additive manufacturing industry. Stratasys will combine both Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies – a leading provider of 3D printing technologies based in Texas with some 80 staff – with RedEye in order to establish a single, powerful additive manufacturing service bureau unit.
CEO of Stratasys David Reis commented: « We are pleased to announce these strategic transactions, which will enable us to provide customers with a comprehensive offering that addresses a broad spectrum of additive manufacturing solutions. »
The deals are set to reach their conclusion in the upcoming third quarter of 2014 subject to customary closing conditions and are anticipated to be accretive to Stratasys’ non-GAAP earnings per share within the first 12 months after closing.
President of Solid Concepts Joe Allison will join Stratasys’ management team and lead the combined parts business, supported by the leadership teams of Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies and RedEye.
Allison said: « We are excited to be joining forces with Stratasys, a global leader in 3D printing and additive manufacturing. As part of a larger company with a broad customer reach and market coverage, Solid Concepts will be even better positioned to meet the significant demand for our additive manufacturing offerings. We look forward to working with Stratasys to ensure a smooth and orderly integration of our businesses. »
With the addition of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies, Stratasys is building a dominant strategic platform for meeting the additive manufacturing needs of industry through an expanded technology and business offering. Both companies will provide Stratasys with considerable manufacturing and end-use parts production capabilities, infrastructure, capacity and process knowledge which will serve to make additive manufacturing more accessible to companies throughout the US.
President of Harvest Technologies David K. Leigh was « delighted » by the news, stating the deal would « enhance Harvest Technologies’ leadership in producing end-use parts using the most advanced additive manufacturing technologies and processes ».
Along with RedEye, Solid Concepts’ expertise in manufacturing and key growth areas such as medical and aerospace, together with Harvest Technologies’ knowhow in parts production, materials and systems will fortify Stratasys’ direct digital manufacturing and parts production intelligence.
Reis continued: « With Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies, together with RedEye, we expect to create a strategic platform to meet our customers’ additive manufacturing requirements by significantly expanding our offering, targeting new applications and strengthening our customer relationships. As our customers’ requirements continue to expand, we must evolve to create full service offerings that provide a variety of technologies and custom manufacturing solutions and focus on high-end production applications.
3D Systems renforce quant à lui sa présence dans le domaine médical avec le rachat de la société Medical Modeling.
Medical Modeling, a leading provider of patient-specific medical devices and personalised surgical treatments, including surgical planning and clinical transfer tools, using 3D modeling and 3D printing technology.
Medical Modeling pioneered 3D printing-centric personalised surgery and patient-specific medical device solutions with FDA-cleared manufacturing processes. The Colorado-headquartered company has helped tens of thousands of patients who have had medical procedures requiring surgical planning tools, implants and other design services.
Furthermore, 3D Systems announced that it plans to consolidate all of its current healthcare endeavours into a single unit under the leadership of Medical Modeling President Andy Christensen, who has been named Vice-President of Personalized Surgery and Medical Devices at 3D Systems.
President and CEO of 3D Systems Avi Reichental said: « The combination of our rapidly growing healthcare business with Medical Modeling’s expanding range of products and services creates the largest 3D printing based personalised surgery. By leveraging our collective expertise, technologies and channels under the capable leadership of Andy Christensen, we plan to deliver an expanding range of direct metal and plastic medical devices designed to address this rapidly expanding opportunity. »
Christensen added: « We are thrilled to become part of 3D Systems. We already use most of 3D Systems’ leading professional design-to-manufacturing tools including its Geomagic® Freeform® modelling software and haptic tools and advanced manufacturing stereolithography and ColorJet Printing professional-grade 3D printers. Working with surgeons around the world on tens of thousands of patient cases gives us a unique perspective on surgical planning opportunities that, together with 3D Systems technology platform and resources, could accelerate our global growth and enhance overall patient outcomes. »