The company acquired Prodways in 2013, which has since increased its range of SLA machines using its MovingLight technology, and looks set to continue growing its 3D printing technology options.
“The operational, technical and business success of Prodways’ teams have helped our Group to gain greater perspective of a market with huge potential,” said Raphael Gorgé, chairman and CEO of Groupe Gorgé.
“We aim to rapidly establish ourselves as a leading global player capable of providing 3D printing solutions covering all available technologies, from polymer printing to metal printing.”
Initial is a leading independent French manufacturer of parts through 3D printing, possessing all the standard technologies (resins, plastic and metal).
In addition to a design office and a 3D digitisation service, Initial has short-run injection moulding capabilities.
With a proposed portfolio of more than 1,200 customers, Initial employs 65 employees, with revenues of €8.6 million in 2014, working with aerospace, biomedical and ‘luxury’ industries.
From a technology point of view, Norge Systems is much more exciting, with some solid financial and technological backing the UK company has been working for several months to optimise its machines.
The first of its SLS machines should be operational in the first half of the year, and marketed before the end of the year.