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Prodways acquires German 3D printing service Creabis

Adding €3 million in turnover, largely from serial additive production, to Initial network

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Prodways Group has acquired 100% of Creabis GmbH, a German company specializing in 3D printing services for plastic parts. This operation marks an acceleration of the Group’s international development strategy with the return external growth dynamics. It allows Prodways to increase the size of its Products division while penetrating a new growing market in Europe.

The strong complementarity between the two companies will also unlock significant potential synergies and improve the profitability of this activity. Creabis, one of the top 3D printing experts in Germany, was founded in 2011 by Ralf Deuke, a pioneer and expert in 3D printing manufacturing.

The company, which is based in Munich and has an experienced team of around 20 people, offers various 3D printing technologies focused on the serial production of plastic parts. Creabis operates a fleet of 11 printers from various manufacturers (including Prodways) with technologies relying on laser sintering, stereolithography, polyjet, multi-jet fusion and fused filament.

Thanks to its highly diversified customer base in Germany and its network of leading industrial partners, the company achieved a turnover of around €3 million in 2020. Almost 50% of its activity consists of serial production with recurring customers. With these strengths, Creabis benefits from a good profitability profile.

This acquisition will therefore have an accretive effect on the profitability of Prodways’ Products division, ensuring strong complementarity with Prodways and strengthening Prodways’ activity in the production of parts printed in 3D, developed through its Initial brand, in particular by increasing the size of the available fleet of printers, which now amounts to around fifty machines, an increase of almost 30%. The additional printers will also complement Prodways’ current offering with new technologies, printer types and materials to provide its customers with a wide range of 3D printing solutions.

The combination of the two companies will also unlock significant operational synergies in terms of revenues and costs. The highly complementary customer base combined with the expanded service offering will generate additional cross-selling revenues. The increased size of the new entity, one of the largest in Europe, will allow access to better purchasing conditions, particularly for 3D materials not produced by the group.

After a phase of consolidation of acquired companies completed in 2020, Prodways is relaunching its external growth strategy by penetrating a new geographic zone for its Products division. The group is strengthening its position in the German market, Europe’s main industrial engine and a fertile ground for 3D printing services thanks to its highly developed network of industrial SMEs.

Besides, Prodways is already present in Germany through its Materials business, which has grown strongly since its acquisition in 2014. This transaction, financed by Prodways’ available cash, will be the subject of a dedicated refinancing in the short term. Thanks to this acquisition, the group is ideally positioned to take full advantage of the economic recovery already underway and the growing interest in 3D printing in a context of difficulties linked to global supply chains. Prodways thus confirms its position as a key player in 3D printing specializing in plastics and its development ambitions in Europe.

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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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