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EOS, Advanced Laser Materials announce strategic partnership

EOS, a leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, and Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), a developer and manufacturer of materials for rapid manufacturing processes, has announced a strategic partnership. Under the agreement, EOS will act as a majority shareholder obtaining 51% of ALM’s shares. The collaboration benefits both partners: Combining the knowledge of the two companies will further advance the development of plastic materials for rapid manufacturing via laser-sintering, the key technology for e-manufacturing.

Clare Goldsberry

April 22, 2009

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EOS, Advanced Laser Materials announce strategic partnership

ALM recently introduced a new fire-retardant polyamide, FR-106, an engineered material for use in the laser sintering process. As a major breakthrough in rapid manufacturing, FR-106 is a particularly applicable material for the aerospace industry, which EOS counts among its key target industries.

EOS will secure and extend closer collaboration with its customers through this partnership, particularly in the U.S. market. “With ALM we found a partner that’s a perfect fit for us. The collaborative work of both research facilities will result in acceleration of materials development that will be felt worldwide in the e-manufacturing industry,” says Johann Oberhofer, EOS COO.

Bruce C. Thornton, chairman of ALM LLC, adds, “The strategic partnership of ALM with EOS makes another large step forward in the transition of laser sintering from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacturing, and the development of materials for the manufacturing of functional parts is the primary focus of the ALM-EOS joint effort.” [email protected]

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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