GKN Powder Metallurgy is extending its partnership with PostNord AB, a provider of communications and logistics solutions in the Nordic region, to accelerate the accessibility of additive manufacturing with the goal of fully revolutionizing supply chains. Automation will be a key focus of the collaboration going forward.
The two companies initially formed their partnership in 2018, when they announced their intention to empower global manufacturers to optimize part supply chains with streamlined logistics at Formnext. Now, they will build on their agreement to unlock the potential of 3D printing to transform supply chains.
“3D printing creates enormous opportunities for companies to change the entire approach to their supply chain, from manufacturing to logistics and warehousing,” said Ylva Ekborn, CEO of PostNord Strålfors Group. “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.”
PostNord has already taken steps in facilitating the adoption of AM into logistics workflows. Last year, its subsidiary PostNord Strålfors launched a 3D portal for corporate customers and the B2B market which contains the entire chain in an encrypted environment. The tool enables users to go from idea to 3D production on demand on a secure platform. More specifically, the portal allows for simple order processing, price automation for 3D printed parts and other useful tasks.
By working with GKN Powder Metallurgy, the 3D portal will be extended to include the use of metal additive manufacturing.
“Additive Manufacturing is a powerful force that redefines traditional manufacturing and supply chain strategies,” commented Guido Degen, President of Additive Manufacturing at GKN Powder Metallurgy. “We have joined forces with PostNord AB, because we believe in the immense potential of decentralized, distributed manufacturing backed by secure data transfer and secure printing, enabling companies to print complex and customizable objects autonomously on demand.”
Degen added: “GKN Additive controls a completely digitized 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.”
Next week, on April 10th, PostNord and GKN will host a 3D Inspiration Day at PostNord’s headquarters in Solna, Stockholm to highlight and show businesses how additive manufacturing can transform supply chains.