Construction 3D printing company COBOD International has signed a distribution agreement with German PERI Group, a leading company in the German, Swiss and Austrian construction markets. Through the agreement, customers in those three regions will be able to rent COBOD 3D construction printers from PERI.
To mark the distribution agreement, COBOD will accompany PERI to the upcoming bauma event in Munich from April 8 to 14. As a world leading exhibition for the construction machinery and equipment industry, bauma will be able to introduce COBOD’s large-scale 3D printing technology to the global industry, opening up many potential opportunities for the Danish company.
At the event, PERI will have its own exhibition hall spanning over 4,000 square meters. Typically, the company attracts roughly 180,000 visitors. COBOD International is aiming to capitalize on this exposure to present its BOD2 3D printing technology as well as a printed curved wall section made from 3D printable concrete from Italcementi and HeidelbergCement.
“We are extremely proud to be able to appoint PERI as our exclusive distributor for Germany, Austria and Switzerland,” commented Henrik Lund-Nielsen, CEO of COBOD International. “PERI has significant distribution power in these markets and the distribution agreement with PERI will assure that thousands of conventional construction companies will be exposed and get access to our technology.
“PERI will both sell our printers and offer them via rental, which is new. Being able to offer the customers the chance to rent our technology before they commit to buying it is a huge step not only for us, but for the entire 3D construction printing industry. This is the first time renting of 3D construction printing equipment is made possible on a large scale and marks another important milestone towards making 3D construction printing a part of the mainstream conventional construction industry.”
Prior to the distribution agreement, the two companies already had ties. In October 2018, PERI Group acquired a minority stake in COBOD International, recognizing the company’s disruptive potential for the construction sector. Crucially, the investment (and now distribution agreement) signal that the traditional construction sector is open to exploring and adopting additive manufacturing technologies.
“When we made the investment in COBOD last year, we make it clear that we believe that the 3D construction technology of COBOD is ready for the general construction market,” said Leonhard Braig, Member of PERI Group Management and head of Products & Technology. “Following the first successful delivery of COBOD’s high speed second generation BOD2 3D construction printer earlier this year to Belgium, we are now following up on that by making COBOD’s BOD2 printers available to all our German, Austrian and Swiss customers.
“Not only will we be selling the printers of COBOD, but we will also have large scale printers available for rent such that our customers will not have to invest in a printer themselves to try on this new and revolutionizing technology.”
If you feel like you’ve been hearing a lot about COBOD International recently, you’re not wrong. Since spinning off from 3D Printhuset and launching the BOD2 3D construction printer last year, the company has ramped up its business significantly. Not only did it recently deliver the BOD2 to Kamp C in Belgium (where Flemish construction companies will be able to explore the technology) but it also sold and deployed its construction 3D printing tech to Saudi Arabian construction company Elite for Construction & Development Co. and to 3DVinci in Dubai.