BFW India enters metal AM market with appointment of Ashok Varma

September 27, 2021

Ashok H Varma has joined Bharat Fritz Werner India as its executive vice president and Global Leader for Additive Manufacturing initiatives (Courtesy Ashok H Varma/LinkedIn)

Bharat Fritz Werner India (BFW), a machine tool manufacturer headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, reports that it is entering the metal Additive Manufacturing industry following the appointment of Ashok H Varma as its executive vice president and Global Leader for AM initiatives.

Varma has over thirty-five years of experience and leadership in advanced manufacturing technologies, including CNC machines, real-time in-process monitoring and cutting-edge Additive Manufacturing technologies and their applications. He specialises in large format metal AM using Directed Energy Deposition (DED) hybrid systems in sectors including space technology, aviation, defence, oil and gas, energy, tooling, and other industries. Varma is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

“I am delighted to join the BFW India team in this stimulating leadership role,” stated Varma. “Unlike many recent entrants into the metal AM/3D printing arena, BFW India’s vision, commitment from the top management, and know-how in manufacturing technology and innovation will truly disrupt this market space with unique and creative AM Metal solutions in game-changing Metal AM platforms and Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS) domains.”

Ravi Raghavan, Managing Director of BFW India, added, “Ashok brings an incredible wealth of experience, knowledge, drive, and passion to BFW’s core and emerging business focus. Ashok will lead strategic initiatives focused on creating a worldwide presence for this next generation Metal AM DED Enterprise with a clear focus on ‘Make in India’ initiatives. This will include the creation of fully operational equipment showrooms/demonstration centres and assembly plant locations in the US, Europe and Asia. With the only truly affordable and scalable Metal AM, customised, powder and wire-fed product portfolio, BFW will emerge a serious worldwide supplier in this exponentially growing Metal AM space.”

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