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Christian Lönne is the new CEO of Höganäs subsidiary Digital Metal

Tasked with scaling up AM business

Christian Lönne has assumed the position as CEO of Digital Metal, Höganäs AB’s subsidiary that manufactures 3D printers for metal powders. “It’s time for Digital Metal to take the next step in development,” says Fredrik Emilson, CEO of Höganäs. “Christian Lönne’s experience from both big companies and start-ups is just right.”

Digital Metal was founded in 2010 and today manufactures 3D printers for metal powders and sells or leases them on the international market. The technology enables the production of complex objects with high precision and surface finish, which is not possible with competing techniques. On its premises in Höganäs, the company produces components in small to large series for global customers.

“Digital Metal is ready to take the next step in their development. In the future, we will invite other partners to accelerate technological development and increase our global presence. Christian, with his background and experience, is a perfect pilot in developing the business and building a stable commercial platform for Digital Metal,” says Fredrik Emilson.

Christian Lönne
A vision for Digital Metal’s scaled up AM factory

Most recently, Christian Lönne has worked for the accelerator BEYOND in Lund where he is Head Coach for large companies working with Lean start-up methods and open innovation. In addition, he has many years of international experience from the corporate world, such as Sony Ericsson. He has held leading roles in the growth phase of companies in both digital technology and consumer products in recent years.

“I look forward to my assignment at Digital Metal,” said Mr. Lönne. “It is a very exciting company with a high level of innovation and cutting-edge technology that has fantastic potential to change industries. The combination of a dynamic start-up company and a stable owner like Höganäs I see as a success factor.”

Lönne will take up his position on October 8. Former CEO Ralf Carlström assumes a new managerial position, as leader of Höganäs’ investment in metal injection molding, MIM.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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