Press release

Company News Dec 3, 2019 8:00 AM

thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen team up to deepen additive manufacturing solutions for maritime industry

  • The collaboration will strengthen the additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem for commercially viable maritime services globally
  • The tie-up demonstrates thyssenkrupp’s strong position in the maritime sector for AM solutions after securing DNVGL’s certification to provide 3D printed products for the maritime industry earlier this year

4 December 2019, Singapore -- thyssenkrupp today announced its collaboration with Wilhelmsen, one of the largest maritime products and services provider in the world, to jointly develop Additive Manufacturing (AM) enabled commercial solutions for the maritime industry.

Under the Memorandum of Agreement signed by both companies, thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen’s Marine Products division will collaborate on providing 3D-printed components for maritime vessels, leveraging on thyssenkrupp’s deep expertise in AM alongside Wilhelmsen’s in-depth maritime expertise and direct ongoing experience of developing 3D printing as a service for vessels.

The collaboration will also leverage on the capabilities of the recently inaugurated thyssenkrupp Tech Center in Singapore and its Global Additive Manufacturing Tech Center in Mulheim, which has been awarded the Approval of Manufacturer certificate by leading quality assurance and risk management firm DNV GL. The high-level certification, which allows thyssenkrupp to supply metal 3D products for application in maritime and other industrial sectors, further cements the company’s distinctive capabilities to design and fabricate metal parts and components utilizing additive manufacturing.

“We are extremely excited with this new milestone for us in the arena of Additive Manufacturing,” said Jan Lueder, CEO of thyssenkrupp Asia Pacific. “After securing the world’s first certified facility for marine 3D printing, we are now partnering with one of the biggest shipping companies in the world to deliver our AM expertise to our marine customers across the globe.”

“Wilhelmsen is built on innovation, and our partnership with thyssenkrupp once again shows how we are leveraging technology to further elevate the maritime industry,” shared Kjell André Engen, Executive Vice President, Marine Products, Wilhelmsen. “AM offers a lot of advantages, and we can clearly demonstrate to our customers how they will benefit from on-demand manufacturing of spare parts.”

Joining the collaboration is startup company Ivaldi Group, a technology partner partly owned by Wilhelmsen that utilizes its platform to market and offer 3D products for the maritime industry. This partnership of two globally renowned enterprises – thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen – and fast-rising startup Ivaldi bodes well for the burgeoning Additive Manufacturing ecosystem.

“We are privileged to be part of this exciting collaboration paving the way for AM in the maritime industry,” said Espen Sivertsen, CEO of Ivaldi Group. “Combining our capabilities will surely positive impact the sector as well as all our customers and partners around the world.”

The coming together of the three formidable companies bodes well for the future of AM in various sectors both in Singapore as well as across the region.

“Formalizing this partnership here in Singapore is only natural given size of maritime industry here and the vibrant innovation ecosystem which Singapore offers,” noted Lueder. “We look forward to introducing our deep engineering expertise and solutions to customers here in Asia Pacific and potentially the rest of the world to the wonders of AM for marine industry.”

About thyssenkrupp:

“thyssenkrupp is a technology group with strengths in materials. Over 162,000 employees in 78 countries work with passion and technological know-how to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2018/2019 thyssenkrupp generated sales of €42.0 billion.

Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for future challenges in their respective industries. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. Our technologies and innovations are the key to meeting diverse customer and market requirements around the world, growing on the markets of the future, and generating stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.”

About Wilhelmsen:

Founded in 1861, the Wilhelmsen group operates the largest maritime network on the planet, with over 2 200 locations worldwide. Delivering market-leading products and services to over half of the world’s merchant fleet, we also supply best in class crew and technical management to the biggest and most complex vessels currently at sea.

Consistently developing innovative, customer-focused and sustainable solutions, we’re taking an active role in shaping the maritime industry for the future. In addition, through our investments we are exploring new opportunities, with new partners, within the renewable energy, alternative fuels, offshore and technology industries. With thousands of colleagues in more than 70 countries, we take competence, compliance, sustainability, innovation and unparalleled customer experiences one step further. For more information, please visit www.wilhelmsen.com