Nano Dimension Ltd. announced this week that it has signed and closed a definitive agreement to acquire Formatec Holding B.V., which includes its two subsidiaries - Admatec Europe B.V. and Formatec Technical Ceramics B.V.
Waltham, Mass.-based Nano Dimension has paid a total cash sum of $12.9 million for the company (net of its cash).
Formatec Holdings, which based in the Netherlands, includes two complementary businesses operating together, which were part of the U.S.-based Precision Surfacing Solutions. It is a developer and manufacturer of additive manufacturing and 3D printing systems for ceramic and metal end-user parts.
Expanding its Fabrica Division
“Admatec/Formatec’s scientists, engineers and other team members, all of whom joined Nano Dimension upon closing of this transaction, are experts and industry veterans in AM 3D-industrial processes,” said Yoav Stern, chairman and chief executive officer of Nano Dimension. “They are going to continue to be led by their present management team.”
“Admatec/Formatec’s products and services expand Nano Dimension’s Fabrica Division, adding volume manufacturing capabilities to the high precision micro-mechanical Fabrica 2.0 systems,” he added.
“The teams across Admatec and Formatec are excited to become a part of Nano Dimension,” said Jaco Saurwalt, chief operating officer of Admatec/Formatec, who is joining Nano Dimension as the head of its Admatec/Formatec division.
“We are proud of how we have developed this business and are convinced that we shall be able to expand and accelerate our growth based on our present technology and services,” Saurwalt said. “We expect that the combined expertise with Nano Dimension will further establish a leading position in the high-mix-low-volume metal 3D-AM production markets.”
Its industry-grade systems—powered by digital light processing technology—use materials with mechanical, electrical, thermal, biological, and chemical properties to produce an array of parts for medical, jewelry, industrial, and investment casting uses.
Formatec Holding’s industrial production service division is a design-to-production partner for industrial-scale customers via its service bureau platform that combines the advantages of injection molding and additive manufacturing.
Both means of production have served as a strategic advantage in working with customers, from early-stage ideas into serial production of end-use parts, Nano Dimension said.
Nano Dimension added Admatec/Formatec has shown promising financial results under strenuous circumstances of its parent company, indicating that accelerated growth based on its innovative technology can be expected. The business delivered $5.3 million in revenue with a gross margin of 56% in 2021.
Prioritizing Industry 4.0
Nano Dimension believes that Admatec/Formatec is now poised for even greater success within the Industry 4.0 landscape, which Nano Dimension said it is at the forefront of transforming with its combination of deep learning-based AI, additive manufacturing, materials science, and robotics.
Nano Dimension’s go-to-market platform is geared to accelerate and broaden the reach of Admatec/Formatec’s products and services to growing markets, particularly in the United States and Europe, where a tailwind of macro trends is driving demand for additive manufacturing while onshoring and localizing high-mix low-volume manufacturing.
With Admatec/Formatec, Nano Dimension said it will add two critical aspects to its offering in the AM domain: Materials and new product types. Materials have and will continue to be the bedrock of a successful AM offering. Nano Dimension is already leading in materials science thanks to the breakthroughs in driving additively manufactured electronics with both conductive and dielectric materials.
Acquisition gives Nano Dimension access to new materials
Now, Nano Dimension will also benefit from ceramic and metals – two critical materials for developing applications and end-use parts, it said.
To date, Nano Dimension has focused on AME and Micro-AM. As the company advances, offering new Admatec/Formatec product types will harness the ability for customers to print larger parts – going in size from millimeters to multiple centimeters/inches.
This is all further enhanced by the combination of possibilities for Nano Dimension with 3D additive manufacturing integrated with metal injection molding.
“No less important,” Mr. Stern concluded, “is our intention to use our deep learning-based artificial intelligence technologies, from our DeepCube acquisition, to become the “robotic brains” for Admatec/Formatec systems. We expect this will improve yield and throughput and drive a more seamless integration with Nano Dimension’s Fabrica systems.”