Prodways and Nexteam to form metal additive manufacturing business for aerospace sector

January 20, 2016

France’s Prodways Group has announced the signing of a major partnership agreement with Nexteam Group to develop a mass produced on-board metal parts additive manufacturing business for the aerospace sector. This partnership will lead very soon to the creation of a joint company  called Prodways-Nexteam.

Nexteam Group, based in Marmande, France, is a key player in the machining of complex and hard metal parts for the aerospace market, with operations in France, Poland and Romania and revenue of €130 million in 2015. The group boasts unique expertise in the design, manufacture, assembly and maintenance of both large and small precision mechanical parts in all types of metal alloys meeting the demands of the aerospace sector.

Prodways Group has 20 years’ experience in the manufacture of parts for the aerospace industry using Additive Manufacturing, through its INITIAL subsidiary, and has a fleet of around ten machines covering all metal Additive Manufacturing technologies.

Philippe Laude, Deputy Managing Director of Prodways Group, stressed the strategic importance of this partnership, which “reflects Prodways’ aim to become the leader in the design and production of mechanical aerospace parts using 3D printing. This partnership with Nexteam Group, which will provide its expertise in the areas of machining and finalization, will ensure that we can scale up our manufacturing processes to an industrial level that meets the technical requirements of the major players in the aerospace market.”

Ludovic Asquini, Chairman of Nexteam Group, stated, “With this agreement, we are adding a new skill that will enable us to offer our customers an integrated range of products and robust optimization solutions, backed by a leading player in the sector, an expert in all metal Additive Manufacturing technologies.”   |   

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