Germany - BASF SE has plans to establish a new Group company called BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, as of September 1 this year. The wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH, will be headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany at the sight of Innovation Lab GmbH.

The focus of this venture would be on establishing and expanding the business with materials, systems solutions as well as components and services in the field of 3D printing. The company will be working closely with researches and application engineers form BASF and also external partners such as universities and potential customers, in order to develop the right solutions for a wide array of requirements.

Explaining the reasons for the founding the new company, Managing Director at BASF New Business and future Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, Volker Hammes said: "The field of 3D printing for industrial applications is highly dynamic and still emerging. This means there is a need for agile, startup-like structures with interdisciplinary teams and quick decision-making processes. Combining the customer-focused 3D printing activities in one location at a dedicated business is an important success factor." 

The new company's customers will mainly be firms that wants to use 3D printing for industrial production. 

Examples of these industries would be automotive, aerospace, and consumer goods and in order to be able to develop and test a variety of solutions, GmbH will take over and expand the 3D printing application technology center in Heidelberg belonging to Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF New Business.

Around 30 experts will initially be employed and many of these individuals are already working for BASF in the field of 3D printing.