6/8/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

FIT Expands U.S. Activities, Appoints Management Team

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The German additive manufacturing group has appointed a new chairman for its subsidiary in the Americas.


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FIT, the German additive manufacturing group, is expanding its activities in the United States. In 2014, FIT established FIT West Inc. in Santa Clara, CA. This fully owned subsidiary, renamed FIT America Corp., has moved to Southborough, Massachusetts, near Boston. In addition, the company has announced the appointment of Kenneth D. Gray as chairman of FIT America Corp. 

Gray has previously served as the first director of innovation at Caterpillar Inc., and has held leadership positions in product, operations, marketing, dealer development and engineering. He will be supported by John Baliotti, vice president of U.S. sales since 2016. 

In Southborough, FIT America has also established a fully owned subsidiary called Boston Ceramics LLC, with Andrew Jeffery as its president. Boston Ceramics has established a facility for additive manufacturing of ceramics which began operations in April 2017. The company  focuses on manufacturing high-value and -quality ceramic objects for consumers. Andy Jeffery has been active in this field for more than 20 years having established the Figulo company which was acquired by 3D Systems Corporation in 2013.  Jeffery is an expat Australian and U.S. citizen who has lived in the United States, mostly in Boston, for 25 years.

Carl Fruth, founder and CEO at FIT, says: “We are delighted to welcome Ken and Andy to the FIT Management Team and with the establishment of our first factory in the United States. We are expecting a major market in the U.S. for FIT’s additive manufacturing capabilities and have now established a management team and structure to develop more partnerships with US clients and make further investments.”