Würth Industry North America signs distribution agreement with Markforged
March 31, 2020
Würth Industry North America (WINA), a division of the Würth group and an industrial distributor of supply chain solutions for fasteners, MRO and safety equipment, has signed a national agreement with Markforged, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, in order to better serve the needs of Würth’s Industry’s customers in the general manufacturing market, as well as oil & gas, heavy equipment, and transportation.
According to the companies, the agreement to distribute Markforged’s Additive Manufacturing solutions complements Würth Industry’s strength of providing innovative supply chain solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Würth Industry states that it now provides several additional cost-saving options to its customers, including metal additively manufactured parts and tools, rapid prototyping, and full service digital Kanban solutions to better manage inventory.
The range of additively manufactured inventory solutions are believed to be limitless due to Markforged’s wide rang of metals — from high-conductivity copper to industrial tool steel to superalloys like Inconel — all in a safe, fast, and easy-to-use platform. In addition, its composite platform can additively manufacture in continuous carbon fiber, Kevlar®, and more, creating functional parts that rival aluminium in terms of strength and stiffness, but at a fraction of the weight.
“We are thrilled to bring innovative digital supply chain solutions to our customers,” stated Dan Hill, CEO of Würth Industry North America. “By integrating Markforged 3D Printing technology with our existing kanban programs, we are able to offer quicker time to market and lower inventory costs. We’re able to cut out the sourcing, purchasing, and transportation costs and deliver the value directly to the customer.”
Greg Mark, CEO and founder of Markforged, commented, “We’re excited to expand the global reach of our solutions with Würth and continue to push the bounds of what’s possible in Additive Manufacturing. This partnership truly opens up valuable potential for us, and for the industry. Markforged makes it easy to build anything you can imagine, and that capability will allow industrial manufacturers to lower inventory costs by printing production tools and parts – quickly and reliably.”