Wilhelmsen and thyssenkrupp launch maritime 3D printing joint venture

Maritime services company Wilhelmsen has announced new joint venture with technology firm thyssenkrupp called Pelagus 3D, an on-demand digital manufacturing company using Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, to deliver maritime spare parts.

thyssenkrupp will contribute its technological expertise in additive manufacturing, as well as support from its own Tech Centres in Singapore and Germany to supply 3D metal products, while Wilhelmsen brings its maritime experience and understanding of the needs of vessel fleet managers.

The new joint venture company will host a digital platform for maritime and offshore spare parts, serving as a connection between vessel managers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Pelagus 3D will have access to the different printing technologies used by its network of partners around the world, allowing the company to respond to requests to print using various types of material.

The new joint venture will be headquartered in Singapore and have an equal 50% split between its two owners. Pelagus 3D will be managed by Kenlip Ong, Head of TechCenter Additive Manufacturing at thyssenkrupp in Singapore, as CEO, and Håkon Ellekjaer, Head of Ventures for 3D Printing at Wilhelmsen, as CCO.

“Pelagus 3D is built on a strong foundation of unparalleled engineering expertise and maritime experience, and we believe that it will continue both thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen’s commitment to elevating businesses through innovative solutions that help strengthen their operations and service delivery,” said Mr Ellekjaer.

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