- New joint venture “Pelagus 3D” launched on 29 September 2023
- Pelagus 3D becomes the largest digital manufacturing partner in the maritime industry
- Global network for time and cost efficient delivery
The two industrial companies thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen have founded a joint venture, “Pelagus 3D”, which will in future offer spare parts for the maritime industry worldwide via a digital platform. The new company uses modern additive manufacturing technologies and a global network of partners to produce and deliver parts more efficiently, both in terms time and cost. Customers can therefore ensure the seaworthiness and operation of their ships. Pelagus 3D is able to address the issue of high storage and transport costs, as well the longer lifespan of traditional manufacturing processes.
thyssenkrupp’s joint venture brings together its technical expertise in additive manufacture, and its Tech Centers in Singapore, Germany and Germany. They will supply 3D-metal products to be used in the shipping and other sectors. thyssenkrupp Materials Services, the company’s materials distribution and service provider, further adds deep knowledge in the development of digital supply chain solutions and platforms. For example, they built the platform for Pelagus 3D. The global shipping company Wilhelmsen in turn brings their maritime expertise and experience to bear in order to understand the needs and requirements of vessel fleet managers.
“The global economy relies on resilient and flexible supply chains. The dynamic market environment has shown us this again and again, at least since Corona,” says Ilse Henne, Chief Transformation Officer of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. “In our partnership with Wilhelmsen, we are showing how we can maintain the operation of ships and secure the flow of goods in shipping, which is so important for international trade.”
“Through our collaboration with thyssenkrupp, we are able to introduce Pelagus 3D to the market and solve a substantial and evolutionary logistics puzzle. Not only is Wilhelmsen excited to see Pelagus 3D being released, but as the shaper of the maritime industry, we are also proud to finally offer this service to the global merchant fleet,” says Kjell André Engen, President of Wilhelmsen Ships Service.
Global partners network for different technologies and local manufacturing
Pelagus 3D is built on a digital platform that thyssenkrupp materials services has developed. It will act as an interface between customers, ship managers and OEMs. This platform will give the joint venture access to a global network that includes partners who have a variety of manufacturing technologies. The company can now respond to any requests for printing on any material. The spare part will be manufactured locally, avoiding long distances.
Pelagus will have its headquarters in Singapore. It will be managed by Ken Lip Ong, Head of TechCenter Additive Manufacturing at thyssenkrupp in Singapore, as CEO, and Håkon Ellekjær, Head of Ventures for 3D Printing at Wilhelmsen, as CCO. The Supervisory Board includes Cetin Nazikkol, Chief Transformation Officer and CEO of the Asia Pacific Africa Region at thyssenkrupp AG, Dr Sebastian Smerat, Head of Customer Innovation at thyssenkrupp Materials Services, as well as Kjell André Engen, President of Wilhelmsen Ship Services, and Nakhul Malhotra, Vice President Emerging Opportunities Portfolio at Wilhemsen.
New joint venture an integral part of thyssenkrupp Materials Services’ corporate strategy
Pelagus 3D will be part of thyssenkrupp Materials Services’ innovation portfolio. As one of the world’s leading companies in the global materials distribution and services sector, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is consistently pursuing new digital business models as part of its “Materials as a Service” strategy in order to grow. “We want to use innovations strategically to digitalise offers and supply chains, make them transparent and thus enable new forms of value creation,” says Dr Sebastian Smerat. In addition to the 50% share in Pelagus 3D, the portfolio includes other corporate ventures such as “pacemaker”, an AI-based forecasting solution, or “toii”, an IIoT solution for optimising production processes.
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