GE to spend $1.4bn on 3-D printer makers for plane parts

Sep 06 2016 12:45
Niclas Rolander

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Stockholm - General Electric (GE) Company announced $1.4bn in European acquisitions to add 3D printing technology to manufacture parts for jet engines and cars.

The US company agreed to buy Sweden’s Arcam for 5.86bn kronor ($680m), alongside a separate transaction to acquire SLM Solutions Group of Germany, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

GE’s aviation division is looking to print more than 1000 000 jet-engine parts by 2020. The US company is buying into Arcam’s claim that its technology using electron beams to melt metal powder into firm objects is superior to competing laser-based processes.

GE already became Arcam’s top customer last year, placing the largest order to date to help produce turbine blades for jet engines.

"We chose these two companies for a reason," said David Joyce, chief executive of GE Aviation. "They each bring two different, complementary additive technology modalities. Over time, we plan to extend the line of additive manufacturing equipment and products."

The company offered 285 kronor per Arcam share, about 53% more than Arcam’s closing price of 186 kronor on Monday.

Arcam’s board is backing the bid. Its shares had been little changed this year, valuing the company at 3.84bn kronor.

SLM investors are set to receive €38 a share in the agreed deal, a 37% premium to its prior close.
Combined the businesses generated $142m in 2015 revenue.

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