Petrochemical multinational Braskem, the most important producer of polyolefins within the Americas, introduced that the corporate has acquired taulman3D, an additive manufacturing (AM) supplies firm based mostly in Indiana, USA. Amongst different merchandise, Taulman3D created Nylon 618, the primary nylon materials designed particularly for AM functions, launched in 2012.
Braskem launched its first line of AM filaments in April, 2020. Since then, the corporate has added 14 extra AM polymers to its product line, together with resin pellets and powders. Most not too long ago, Braskem launched three filaments developed with sustainability as a major goal: a bio-based ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), and two recycled polyethylene and polypropylene (PE/PP) blends.
Along with a mutual concentrate on nylon, Braskem’s strategic emphasis on recycled materials provide chains makes taulman3D a logical selection for an acquisition, because the latter firm additionally manufactures a PETG filament that’s 100% recycled. It’s notable that Braskem appears to be repeating the identical sustainability technique in its AM portfolio that it began build up in its legacy operations over a decade in the past.
The important thing growth to look at for right here could possibly be how taulman3D’s entry into the Braskem fold impacts the latter’s not too long ago launched, direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform, Braskem3D. That is one thing that taulman3D already has in depth expertise with, so it’s an ideal alternative for the 2 firms to synergize their respective strengths. It’s value declaring that taulman3D has way more to deliver to the desk on this entrance than Braskem does.
Extra broadly, that is additionally an ideal alternative for the trade’s observers to gauge the potential for small however confirmed AM entities to assimilate efficiently into large-scale company environments. Alongside these traces, be aware of the truth that Meta’s acquisition of Luxexcel was one of many final 3D printing tales of 2022, and this is among the first of 2023.
That would merely be coincidental, but it surely may be a harbinger of the AM sector’s trajectory over the subsequent few years. In a purchaser’s market, will probably be a lot simpler — and cheaper, which in enterprise quantities to the identical factor — for risk-averse company behemoths to amass current firms and rework into AM bureaus, than it might be to develop their very own in-house AM operations organically.
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