BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, a new Group company, is due to start operations on 1 September 2017.  This wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF will be based in Heidelberg, Germany at the InnovationLab GmbH site. The company will be focusing on the establishment and expanding of business materials, system solutions, components and services in the field of 3D printing.
The new company will work closely with researchers and application engineers from BASF and external partners, such as Universities and potential customers. To be able to develop and test the right solutions for a wide array of requirements, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH will take over and expand the 3D printing application technology centre in Heidelberg belonging to Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF New Business. The company’s customers will mainly be firms from the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industries that want to use 3D printing for industrial production.

Why establish a new company?
“The field of 3D printing for industrial applications is highly dynamic and still emerging. This means there is a need for agile, start-up-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,” explains Volker Hammes, managing director at BASF New Business and future managing director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH.

The new company will initially employ about 30 experts, many of whom are already working for BASF in the field of 3D printing.

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Caption Main Image: Two airless tires that were created with 3D printing technologies using thermoplastic polyurethane from BASF.