- Minority investment in Q.big 3D, specialist in innovative additive manufacturing processes, finalized
- Partnership expands expertise to include 3D printing to provide customers with fast, flexible and cost-effective part manufacturing and sampling services
- Investment by Manz AG in the lower single-digit range in millions of euros
Reutlingen, November 16, 2021 – Manz AG, a globally active high-tech equipment manufacturer with a comprehensive technology portfolio, acquires a stake in Q.big 3D, a specialist in the printing of large components at the ‘using innovative additive manufacturing processes. With this investment, Manz AG is further expanding its technology portfolio as part of its M&A strategy and acquiring expertise in a promising future sector.
Q.big 3D is a specialist in 3D printing of large components. The specially developed technology allows components to be manufactured up to forty times faster than alternative processes, with such fine surface structures. This is made possible by the design of the flexibly adjustable nozzle, which allows both rapid and high volume printing and the application of fine surfaces and structures on the same component. Thus, the process offers advantages over other established 3D printing technologies in terms of printing speed, material costs, surface quality and possible component sizes. In particular, the use of plastic granules significantly reduces material costs and also allows series products as well as prototypes with product characteristics close to series. Manz AG now combines this know-how with its own decades of industrialization expertise and will thus be able to provide its customers with even more complete production solutions in the future.
Martin Drasch, CEO of Manz AG, comments: “By partnering with Q.big 3D, we are further expanding our portfolio of technologies and skills. Following our investment in CADIS Engineering GmbH, specialist in industrial inkjet systems, this is now the next step in order to be able to offer our customers, in particular the automotive industry, a portfolio of even more complete services, for example in the course of manufacturing prototypes of battery modules or sampling for pre-series developments. We are also strengthening our contract manufacturing segment with this agreement, as the innovative Q.big 3D technology allows us to produce special parts for our large-scale customers much faster and at lower cost than before.“
Manz AG – designing the production of tomorrow
Manz AG is a globally active high-tech engineering company.
Focusing on the automotive industry and electromobility, battery production, electronics, energy and medical technology, Manz develops and builds innovative and efficient production solutions: individual machines customized for production in laboratory or pilot production and in small series, with standardized modules and systems, turnkey lines for series production.
Technologically, Manz’s production equipment is based on many years of experience in automation, laser processing, inspection systems and wet chemistry.
Currently with around 1,400 employees, the Manz Group develops and produces in Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, China and Taiwan. Sales and service subsidiaries also exist in the United States and India.
Manz AG was founded in 1987 and has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2006. In fiscal year 2020, the Group achieved sales of around 237 million euros.
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