9/9/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

GE to Acquire Arcam and SLM Solutions

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The two AM equipment suppliers will be anchors in a new GE additive equipment initiative.

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[Update: The plans described below did not materialize. GE instead acquired Arcam and Concept Laser.]

GE has announced plans to acquire two suppliers of additive manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG for $1.4 billion. Both companies will report into David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation. Arcam and SLM will bolster GE’s existing material science and additive manufacturing capabilities. In addition, the additive manufacturing equipment will leverage Predix and be a part of the company’s Brilliant Factory initiative.

“We chose these two companies for a reason,” said Joyce. “They each bring two different, complementary additive technology modalities as individual anchors for a new GE additive equipment business to be plugged into GE’s resources and experience as leading practitioners of additive manufacturing. Over time, we plan to extend the line of additive manufacturing equipment and products.”

Arcam AB, based in Mölndal, Sweden, developed the electron beam melting (EBM) machine for metal-based additive manufacturing, and also produces advanced metal powders. Its customers are in the aerospace and healthcare industries. In addition to its Sweden site, Arcam operates AP&C, a metal powders operation in Canada, and DiSanto Technology, a medical additive manufacturing firm in Connecticut, as well as sales and application sites worldwide.

SLM Solutions Group, based in Lübeck, Germany, produces laser machines for metal-based additive manufacturing with customers in the aerospace, energy, healthcare, and automotive industries. In addition to its operations in Germany, SLM has sales and application sites worldwide.

The additive effort will utilize GE’s global ecosystem, but be centered in Europe. GE will maintain the headquarters locations and key operating locations of Arcam and SLM, as well as retain their management teams and employees. These locations will collaborate with the broader GE additive ecosystem including the manufacturing and materials research center in Niskayuna, New York, and the additive design and production lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They will also complement the technologies brought on by other key acquisitions such as Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing.

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