Additech, located in Bergen, Norway, is one of the country’s leading Additive Manufacturing companies. It has made recent investments in both machines and staff, and currently operates four metal AM machines, a number of polymer machines, and employs nine. Additech’s General Manager, Anders Helland, and Marketing Manager, Kristoffer Eriksen, recently spoke with Maskinregisteret about the company and Norway’s growing presence in the Additive Manufacturing market.
Maskinregisteret first visited Additech three years ago, at a stage when a new DMG MORI Lasertec SLM 30 metal AM machine was in place and parts had begun to be manufactured for Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor.
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“We were full of expectations, because Equinor was on the field with big visions, there was no way of predicting how big this would become – i.e., metal printing for the oil industry,” Helland told Maskinregisteret. “But, things take time and we were impatient. Now, however, in 2023, there seems to be movement in the market. Both Equinor and other players have started to order additively produced components and then we will be rewarded for our efforts.”
“We do not know of any other players in Norway that have the same extensive capacity for metal and polymer manufacturing. We have three DMG MORI Lasertec SLM 30, of which the newest with two lasers, as well as a Desktop Metal Binder Jetting – all four machines are metal printers,” added Helland.
In March this year, the first regional Additive Manufacturing conference was held in Trondheim, and provided an illustration of growth within the Norwegian market. Discussing the event, Eriksen added “In addition to several other players in the industry, we were shown what we are doing and where the road goes next. It was encouraging to see that the market is opening up and that as more manufacturing processes are described in NORSOK [standards developed by Norway’s petroleum industry], it becomes easier for designers and manufacturers to embrace Additive Manufacturing. We know that Additive Manufacturing can out-compete other manufacturing processes, but now we also get proof that we are telling the truth.”
Additech is not only looking to the regional market, however, “To be a preferred producer requires solid competence, and it is not created overnight. We have been doing Additive Manufacturing for five years and are qualified for production in several industry areas. With the entire value chain in-house, global customers can come to us with everything from an idea to concrete applications, and we can deliver finished products of very high quality. In other words, we engineer, design, manufacture and complete documented parts in a variety of metals and polymers,” Eriksen concluded.
To read the original Maskinregisteret article, click here.