PostNord and GKN Powder Metallurgy strengthen Additive Manufacturing collaboration
April 4, 2019
PostNord AB, headquartered in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden, a supplier of communication and logistics solutions in the Nordic region, has announced that it will further develop its partnership with GKN Powder Metallurgy to make Additive Manufacturing “a more open and accessible market.” Last year, PostNord launched its ‘3D portal’ through subsidiary PostNord Strålfors, accessible to corporate customers and to the B2B market.
The 3D portal is described as a tool where customers can work with the entire chain in an encrypted environment, from idea to Additive Manufacturing on demand. The portal was said to enable a simple and seamless ordering process with price automation for quick price information on AM parts. Through its collaboration with GKN Powder Metallurgy, PostNord stated that it is now possible to metal additively manufacture parts via the 3D portal.
Ylva Ekborn, CEO PostNord Strålfors Group, stated, “3D printing creates enormous opportunities for companies to change the entire approach to their supply chain, from manufacturing to logistics and warehousing. We are pleased to have a strong collaboration partner in GKN who shares our vision to unlock the potential of 3D printing in future supply chains in the Nordic region.”
“Additive Manufacturing is a powerful force that redefines traditional manufacturing and supply chain strategies,” commented Guido Degen, President Additive Manufacturing at GKN Powder Metallurgy. “We have joined forces with PostNord AB, because we believe in the immense potential of decentralised, distributed manufacturing backed by secure data transfer and secure printing, enabling companies to print complex and customisable objects autonomously on demand.”
“GKN Additive controls a completely digitised value chain from powder to part and is uniquely positioned in the market with one of the first fully IATF 16949 certified AM productions and a global footprint with a worldwide print network,” Degan concluded.
On April 10, 2019, PostNord and GKN will hold a 3D Inspiration Day at PostNord’s headquarters in Solna. Further information on this event is available via PostNord’s website.