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Machine tool giant BFW India enters metal AM

Ashok H Varma to lead business as Executive Vice President

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Bharat Fritz Werner India, the leading machine tool manufacturer in the sub-continent, is entering the metal additive manufacturing area. In order to lead its new AM activities, BFW India appointed Mr. Ashok H Varma as Executive Vice President and Global Leader – Additive Manufacturing – strategies, business & partnerships.

Machine tool giant BFW India enters metal AM
Ashok H Varma is Executive Vice President and Global Leader – Additive Manufacturing – strategies, business & partnerships at BFW India.

Mr. Varma is a widely recognized and acknowledged industry thought leader in metal additive manufacturing, specializing in large format metal 3D printing via Directed Energy Deposition (DED) and hybrid solutions for metal AM. He has worked on building the business cases applied to key industry verticals such as Space Technology, Aviation, Defence, Oil & Gas, Energy, Tooling, and Heavy Industries.

“I am delighted to join the BFW India team in this stimulating leadership role,” Mr. Varma commented. Unlike many recent entrants into the metal AM/3D printing arena, BFW India vision, commitment from the top management, and know-how in manufacturing technology and innovation will truly disrupt this market space with unique and creative AM Metal solutions in game-changing Metal AM platforms and Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS) domains”.

With over 35 years of innovation, experience, expertise, and leadership in advanced manufacturing technologies, Mr. Varma has built unique know-how in working with machine tool systems such as CNC machines, real-time in-process monitoring, and cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies and their applications. He will be asked to help globalize BFW’s AM business leveraging his international professional and academic experience as an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

“Ashok brings an incredible wealth of experience, knowledge, drive, and passion to BFW’s core and emerging business focus. Ashok will lead strategic initiatives focused on creating a worldwide presence for this next generation Metal AM DED Enterprise with a clear focus on “Make in India” initiatives. This will include the creation of fully operational Equipment Showrooms/ Demonstration Centers and Assembly plant locations in the US, Europe, and Asia. With the only truly affordable and scalable Metal AM, customized, Powder & Wire Fed Product Portfolio, BFW will emerge a serious worldwide supplier in this exponentially growing Metal AM space.” – Ravi Raghavan, Managing Director of BFW India

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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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