Friday, 28. February 2020

Additive manufacturing: ALSO distributes BASF Ultrasint®TPU01

ALSO is cooperating with BASF, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 3D printing materials, which is marketing its Ultrasint®TPU01 product under the Forward AM brand.

The material is especially suitable  for  manufacturing  the  tough,  abrasion-resistant  and  flexible  elastic  parts  required  for  sports and  leisure  footwear  and  by  the  automobile  industry.  The  new  thermoplastic  material  can  be  ordered from ALSO with immediate effect throughout Europe. It was specially developed for the HP Jet Fusion 5200 series, a 3D printer family that ALSO already has in its product range.

«Additive manufacturing will only become a genuine production process alternative once the choice of materials is right and the result is convincing», says Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG (SIX: ALSN). «With the BASF material we are expanding our 3D printing portfolio to include an extremely high-quality product that can be used in the production of a wide range of goods and components –from sports shoes to automobiles».

Ultrasint®TPU01 was specially developed  by BASF for HP’s new Jet Fusion 5200 series. Combined  with suitable lattice structures the thermoplastic material opens up totally new geometry options for developers and designers –especially in areas requiring flexible structures and shock absorption. That is why examples of uses to  which  it  can  be  put  are  so  wide-ranging –from  sport,  leisure  and  footwear  to  mechanical  engineering  and carmaking. Ultrasint®TPU01’s properties make the product an ideal material forprototyping and manufacturing applications  such  as  small  batch  production  of  protective  casings  and  coverings,  complex  pipe  networks, grippers and gaskets or shoes.

In addition Forward AM offers material and service solutions along the entire value chainfrom product idea to production. From powder bed fusion via plastic and metal filaments to photopolymers, Forward AM is positioned in the market with the widest product range in the 3D printing industry.For  ALSO  this  is  a  further  step  toward  expanding  its 3D printing portfolio. The technology provider’s product range currently comprises  3D printers of different sizes and for  different uses –from entry-level models to up-market  industrial  and  dental  printers –along  with  consumables  and  accessories  such as  industrial  vacuum cleaners  and  lifting  devices.  Resellers  and  users  also  benefit  from  the  expertise  that  is  bundled  at  the  ALSO Centre of Competence for Additive Manufacturing, which offers complete single-source solutions.

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Contact person

ALSO Holding AG: 
Manuela Rost-Hein, Head of Communications ALSO Group
Phone: +49 151 14040215

BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH:
Lisa Krämer, Marketing and Communications Manager
Phone: +49 6221 67417-130

ALSO Holding AG

ALSO Holding AG (ALSN.SW)(Emmen/Switzerland) brings providers and buyers of the ICT industry together. ALSO offer more  than  660  vendors  of  hardware,  software  and  IT-services  access  to  over  110  000  buyers,  who  can  call  a  broad spectrum  of  other  customized  services  in  the  logistics,  finance,  and  IT  services  sectors,  as  well  as  traditional  distributionservices. From the development of complex IT landscapes, the provision and maintenance of hardware and software, right through to the return, reconditioning and remarketing of IT hardware, ALSO offers all services as a one-stop shop. ALSO is represented in 23  European  countries  and  generates  total  net sales of approximately  10.7  billion euros  with around 4 000 employees  in  the  fiscal  year  2019.  The  principal  shareholder  of  ALSO  Holding  AG  is  the  Droege  Group,  Düsseldorf, Germany.

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BASF 3D Printing Solutions

BASF  3D  Printing  Solutions  GmbH,  headquartered  in  Heidelberg,  Germany,  is  a  wholly-owned  subsidiary  of  BASF  New Business GmbH. Its task is to develop and expand Forward AM brand business in 3D printing materials, system solutions, components and services. BASF 3D Printing Solutions operates in startup-like structures in order to support its customers in the dynamic 3D printing market. It collaborates closely with global research platforms and application engineers at differentBASF  business  units  and  cooperates  with  research  institutes,  universities,  startups  and  industry  partners.  Potential customers  are  mainly  companies  aiming  to  use  3D  printing  for  industrial  production.  Typical  industries  are  automotive, aerospace and consumer goods.

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Droege Group

Droege  Group (founded  in  1988)  is  an  independent  advisory  and  investment  company  under  full  family  ownership.  The company  acts  as  a  specialist  for  tailor-made  transformation  programs  aiming  to  enhance  corporate  value.  Droege  Group combines its corporate family-run structure and capital strength into a family-equity business model. The group carries out direct investments with its own equity in corporate spin-offs and medium-sized companies in «special situations». With the guiding principle «execution -following the rules of art», the group is a pioneer in execution-oriented corporate development. Droege  Group  follows  a  focused  investment  strategy  based  on  current  megatrends  (knowledge,  connectivity,  prevention, demography,  specialization,  future  work,  shopping  4.0).  Enthusiasm  for  quality,  innovation  and  speed  determines  the company’s actions. In recent years Droege Group has successfully positioned itself in domestic and international markets and operates in 30 countries.

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