Nikon Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, has acquired majority ownership of metal Additive Manufacturing company Morf3D Inc., El Segundo, California, USA. Morf3D specialises in AM and engineering for the aerospace, space and defence industries.
Nikon reportedly manufactures some of the most precise equipment in the world, with its products being used in applications ranging from advanced semiconductor manufacturing and mass production of panels for televisions and smart devices, to medical systems, automotive and satellites. In July 2019, the company established its Next Generation Project Division to accelerate the launch of new growth businesses, including materials processing technologies.
Yuichi Shibazaki, Corporate vice president and General Manager of Next Generation Project Division of Nikon stated, “Morf3D has proven leadership in metal additive technology, a strong innovation pipeline and highly specialised aerospace manufacturing qualifications. It also brings a team of experts accustomed to partnering with customers to achieve their unique requirements. This combination is well-aligned with Nikon’s vision for accelerating industrialisation of AM through innovation, and we look forward to working together to deliver exciting next-generation AM solutions to customers globally.”
Nikon states that it intends to drive industrialisation of digital manufacturing by leveraging synergies resulting from strategic investments and alliances with industry-leading companies worldwide.
“Nikon’s investment and cutting-edge technology accelerates Morf3D’s position as an innovation leader in advanced manufacturing for the aerospace, space and defense markets,” added Ivan Madera, Chief Executive Officer at Morf3D. “Our unique partnership is well-positioned to bring forth the highest level of quality, service and technological advancements that will drive the industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing.”