GKN and EOS collaborate to focus on metal Additive Manufacturing for automotive market

January 24, 2017

GKN&EOS collaborate to focus on metal AM for automotive market

Dr Hans J Langer, Founder and CEO of EOS (left) and Dr Peter Oberparleiter, CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy (right)


GKN Powder Metallurgy has announced it is joining forces with EOS to spearhead business-to-business industrial Additive Manufacturing. The two companies agreed on a collaboration, primarily aimed at the automotive sector, that combines their know-how and experience to fully exploit the revolutionary possibilities and potential offered by Metal AM.

GKN Powder Metallurgy brings expertise in the transfer of innovative technology from laboratory level to series production, particularly in the automotive sector, capabilities in advanced material and design as well as experience in developing and producing advanced metal powder materials. As a pioneer in the development of AM machines, EOS offers all essential elements for industrial 3D printing.

“Metal AM has huge potential to shape the future of industrial manufacturing and its products, and elevating this to a new level. EOS and GKN will take on this challenge together. We want to ensure that more and more companies recognise and use the potential of this innovative technology. At the same time, we want to considerably expand the areas of application with new materials by testing and ultimately using them in series production,” stated Dr Peter Oberparleiter, CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy.

Metal AM has huge potential to shape the future of industrial manufacturing and its products, and elevating this to a new level”

Commenting on the announcement, Founder and CEO of EOS, Dr Hans J. Langer, added, “The collaboration between GKN and EOS is another important step towards integrating industrial 3D printing into existing and future production lines and to leverage the benefits of AM technology for series production. With GKN we have the right partner who offers a high degree of experience with its global presence and its high-performance production for the automotive industry.”


Joint ‘AM Experience Days’ planned in Europe and North America

In 2016, GKN Powder Metallurgy and EOS held their first joint ‘AM Experience Day’ at GKN’s Innovation Centre in Radevormwald, Germany. Based on the huge interest the partners are now planning to run a further eight “AM Experience Days” in Europe and North America in 2017.



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