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GKN Aerospace acquires Permanova Lasersystem AB

The Swedish company is an existing supplier of laser metal deposition systems for GKN Aerospace sites across Europe

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GKN Aerospace has acquired Permanova Lasersystems AB, a pioneering Swedish additive manufacturing system business, as part of its Engines business’s journey to transform its supply chain and offer more sustainable and advanced material solutions to customers.

GKN Aerospace acquires Permanova Lasersystem AB, an existing supplier of laser metal deposition systems for GKN sites across Europe Permanova Lasersystem AB, based in Gothenburg, is a leader in advanced laser technology and cell integration and a current supplier of laser welding and laser metal deposition systems to GKN Aerospace. GKN Aerospace is already a world leader in laser metal deposition for complex engine components, with AM components flying today on multiple platforms. The acquisition will strengthen GKN Aerospace’s additive fabrication offer, accelerate large-scale AM industrialization and enable significant future business growth.

It is also a major milestone in its sustainability journey, with additive manufacturing reducing material and energy usage by up to 80% compared to traditional manufacturing techniques. The widespread adoption of AM will be an important aspect of the aerospace industry’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

GKN Aerospace acquires Permanova Lasersystem AB, an existing supplier of laser metal deposition systems for GKN sites across Europe Engines President, Joakim Andersson, said: “Permanova represents a perfect strategic fit for us. Additive manufacturing success requires three core capabilities: product know-how, process control and systems design. This acquisition gives us strategic control of the systems design element so that we now have deep expertise in all three areas. That is a game-changer for GKN Aerospace as it will enable us to accelerate the deployment of AM at scale. Ultimately, that will help us grow our shares in existing and future Engine platforms and deliver a more sustainable future for aviation. We have an exciting journey ahead and I am delighted to welcome Permanova to the GKN Aerospace family.”

Håkan Grubb, CEO of Permanova Lasersystem added: “We are very excited to join the GKN Aerospace family. It is a company we have worked with for many years and have always had a strong partnership with and I am excited to work closely together to bring additive solutions to the market. Permanova Laser system is well recognized for its laser technology and integration expertise and together with GKN Aerospace we look forward to boosting the development of efficient and green fabrication solutions, powering the future of sustainable flight.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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