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3D Systems and Dussur create NAMI joint venture to expand AM in Saudi Arabia

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Additive manufacturing solutions provider 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company Dussur have signed an agreement intended to expand the use of additive manufacturing (AM) within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and surrounding geographies, including the Middle East and North Africa. The new join venture facility has been called NAMI, which stands for National Additive Manufacturing Innovation.

The announcement was made during a ceremony in Riyadh on March 29, 2022. The purpose of the new Joint Venture is to enable the development of Saudi Arabia’s domestic additive manufacturing production capabilities, consistent with the Kingdom’s ‘Vision 2030,’ which is focused on diversification of the economy and long-term sustainability. The Center for Innovation and Additive Manufacturing will initially focus on energy, with planned expansions into other industrial sectors as well as healthcare solutions.

3D Systems and Dussur create Nami joint venture to expand AM in Saudi Arabia Commenting on the new NAMI joint venture, Dr. Jeffery Graves, president and CEO, of 3D Systems said, “Our partnership with Dussur will accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing in the region, enabling diversification of the Saudi Arabian economy. While the energy segment will be one area of focus, a broad range of applications across industrial, aerospace, and healthcare segments will be addressed. We are excited about the partnership and believe it will provide a strong foundation within the Kingdom to expand local engineering and manufacturing and encourage green energy sources.”

The NAMI joint venture follows a selection process in which 3D Systems was chosen due to its breadth of additive technology as well as the depth of application expertise. Modeled upon 3D Systems’ application development and advanced manufacturing sites located in Littleton, Colorado, and Leuven, Belgium, the new facility is expected to open in late 2022 and is meant to include a breadth of plastic and metal 3D printing technologies as well as 3D Systems application engineers who bring deep industry-specific expertise.

The customer innovation and advanced application facility will benefit from the Kingdom’s strategic geographic location at the crossroads of important international trade routes between three continents and represents another step to cement the Kingdom’s position as a unique regional logistical hub for global seaborne trade.

“Establishing in Saudi Arabia the first Center for Innovation and Additive Manufacturing with a world-class player such as 3D Systems will unlock further localization initiatives across the supply chain,” said Dr. Raed Al-Rayes, CEO, Dussur. ”This partnership is linked to Dussur’s mission to support the Kingdom’s industrialization journey and localize disruptive technologies that will revolutionize the way we think of manufacturing. We are looking forward to commencing our work with 3D Systems to contribute to the security of supply in the region and build local capabilities for the jobs of the future.”

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