thyssenkrupp solidify partnership to leverage Additive Manufacturing maritime solutions
thyssenkrupp marked a milestone today with the formalization of its partnership with Wilhelmsen Ships Services, one of the largest maritime services providers in the world, in an official signing ceremony.
With the signing of the Letter of Intent to establish a Joint Venture, thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen will collaborate on delivering maritime spare parts using 3D printing, leveraging on thyssenkrupp’s deep expertise in AM alongside Wilhelmsen’s in-depth maritime expertise and direct ongoing experience in understanding the needs of vessel fleet managers.
Based on current data, maritime fleets spend approximately 13 billion USD a year on spare parts; with 50% of these vessels being older than 15 years, availability of parts are limited. This makes fulfillment of orders for maritime spare parts costly and complicated, and in fact, supply chain overheads involved may oftentimes far outstrip the cost of …