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thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen collaborate on new 3D printing joint venture - Pelagus 3D

Pelagus 3D 3D printing joint venture - Pelagus 3D
Maritime and offshore industry spare parts will now be delivered more efficiently through new technology Pelagus 3D. A new joint venture between thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen, Pelagus 3D brings a whole new way of ensuring operations keep up the momentum and waiting times at a minimum.

Pelagus 3D has ambition to be the largest one-stop, on-demand digital manufacturing partner for the maritime and offshore industries. It uses Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing to deliver maritime spare parts more efficiently in terms of time and cost, allowing customers to ensure their vessels’ seaworthiness and keep their operations moving on schedule.

The new company brings with it the storied history and capabilities of its founders. thyssenkrupp contributes, on the one hand, its technological expertise in additive manufacturing as well as capabilities from its own Tech Centers in Singapore and Germany to supply 3D metal products for application in shipping and other industries. thyssenkrupp Materials Services, the company’s materials distribution and service provider, further adds deep knowledge in the development of digital supply chain solutions and platforms.

Wilhelmsen, on the other hand, brings its in-depth maritime expertise and direct ongoing experience in understanding the needs of vessel fleet managers, supporting the delivery of a wide portfolio of maritime products and services for more than half of the global merchant fleet.

Pelagus 3D hosts a highly secure digital platform that serves as the main connection between customers such as vessel managers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). As a one-stop platform for maritime and offshore spare parts, Pelagus 3D has access to the different printing technologies used by its network of partners around the world, allowing Pelagus 3D to respond to requests to print any material. Bringing together both highly specialised engineering capabilities as well as a strong maritime and offshore network, Pelagus 3D elevates this digital storefront for customers, ensuring that this ecosystem can timely deliver their needs more cost efficiently.

Experienced management and board

thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen will have equal ownership of Pelagus, with both companies having 50% stake of the newly formed company. Its Board of Directors consists of industry leaders who bring invaluable skills and experience to aid the company navigate challenges and opportunities ahead. The BOD includes Kjell Andre Engen, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Wilhelmsen Ships Service; Nakul Malhotra, Vice President of Emerging Opportunities Portfolio of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services; Dr. Cetin Nazikkol, Chief Transformation Officer of thyssenkrupp; and Dr.. Sebastian Smerat, Head of Customer Innovation and Chief Operating Officer of Digital Services of thyssenkrupp Materials Services.

Speaking for Pelagus 3D, Kenlip Ong, Head of TechCenter Additive Manufacturing at thyssenkrupp in Singapore, as CEO, and Håkon Ellekjær, Head of Ventures for 3D Printing at Wilhelmsen, as CCO, jointly expressed optimism towards this new joint venture.

By enabling faster access to critical marine parts and solutions, Pelagus 3D plays a vital role in enabling global trade and transportation via our seas. Pelagus 3D is focused on helping the industry continue to connect and grow,” says Kenlip Ong.

 ​“Pelagus 3D is built on a strong foundation of unparalleled engineering expertise and maritime experience, and we believe that it will continue both thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen’s commitment to elevating businesses through innovative solutions that help strengthen their operations and service delivery,” says Håkon Ellekjær.

Pivotal industry entry

The debut of Pelagus 3D will help usher the acceleration of adoption of additive manufacturing technologies which will usher further growth for the industry.

“Beyond addressing perennial pain-points in the maritime and offshore sectors such as obsolescence and long lead-times for mission-critical parts with on-demand production, Pelagus 3D is well positioned to address similar needs in other industry sectors, improving customer experience with added supply chain resilience, lowering material waste and inventory cost, contributing to environmental and sustainability goals,” added Dr Ho, Chief Executive Officer, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC).

The entry of Pelagus 3D also underscores the positive steps the maritime industry has been making towards digital transformation. Singapore, for example, leverages on technology to enhance the sector’s operations such as establishing a digital clearing process as well as port systems.

“Additive Manufacturing (AM) supports Singapore’s ambition to be the leading maritime hub. In the maritime sector, AM can help unlock tremendous efficiency potentials with its fast and low-volume high-value fabrication capability of equipment component parts on-demand. This agility ensures responsive support to meet the needs by ships and ports for urgent and critical spares. MPA welcomes the establishment of Pelagus 3D in Singapore and the business opportunities it will bring along, including new and exciting jobs. We look forward to working together, along with our research agencies, to further AM innovation and accelerate adoption”, said Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry & Transformation), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

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