EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands — At the opening of FormNext, a global tradeshow for 3D printing in Frankfurt, Germany, Volkswagen and Additive Industries entered into a long-term partnership to additively manufacture advanced tooling and spare parts for the Volkswagen Group.

This fall, Additive Industries installed the latest fully automated and integrated MetalFAB1 system in Wolfsburg and the first products have been successfully produced after an intensive training of the Volkswagen team.

“We see great potential for 3D metal printing of a broad range of car parts and tooling and have joined forces in Volkswagen internally to increase our facility seven fold to be prepared for the digital future," said Klaus-Jürgen Herzberg, Betriebsrat.

“The investment in the most modern 3D printing equipment allows us to continue to be front-runners in toolmaking and give our craftsmen access to the latest technology," added Oliver Pohl, department manager.

“For Additive Industries, the partnership with Volkswagen, the world’s largest car maker is a confirmation of our strategy to accelerate industrial additive manufacturing and focus on innovators in their markets," said Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.

“We are proud to work closely with the Volkswagen team in Wolfsburg to execute on our roadmap for manufacturing excellence and expansion of the metal additive manufacturing footprint," added Jan-Cees Santema, European sales director for Additive Industries.

For more information, visit additiveindustries.com.