“BigRep, Maker of Large-format 3D Printers, Acquires HAGE3D”


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BigRep GmbH is a German industrial-scale extrusion 3D printer manufacturer who has recently merged with HAGE3D, an Austrian company also known for its large-platform fused filament fabrication systems. The benefits of the merger are found in the shared product strengths and BigRep’s distribution capabilities for HAGE3D’s goods.

Based out of Berlin since its 2014 founding, BigRep has global reach with facilities in Shanghai, Singapore, and Boston. This international presence now benefits HAGE3D, which also originated in 2014, as a branch of HAGE Sondermaschinenbau GmbH, an engineering entity with decades of experience.

In the official press release regarding BigRep’s merger with HAGE3D, Dr.-Ing Sven Thate, BigRep’s managing director, expresses excitement over the amalgamation and its potential for opening up a plethora of material options and anticipated market growth. Similarly, HAGE3D director Thomas Janics commented on the new global market access and the opportunity to diversify BigRep’s portfolio with high-temperature 3D printer advancements.

This news comes at a time following Nexa3D’s announcement of Essentium’s acquisition; while larger-scale, industry-changing megers are still speculative, smaller mergers, such as BigRep and HAGE3D, or Nexa3D and Essentium, maintain steady progress and development.

So, in addition to indicating vitality in the AM sector’s merger & acquisition (M&A) operations, the Nexa3D/Essentium and BigRep/HAGE3D acquisitions likely display the characteristics that successful M&A activity will possess in 2024. In regard to the Nexa3D/Essentium merger, Essentium’s CEO, Blake Teipel, shared that a merger requires companies to ask the question, “Why shouldn’t we unite our businesses?”

This sentiment aligns very well with BigRep and HAGE3D’s situation: BigRep expanded its service offerings to its current clients, while HAGE3D dramatically broadened its potential client reach. Notably, both mergers present business reasoning that is intuitive and easy to digest.

This doesn’t imply that every potential merger in the AM sector will need such an uncomplicated justification to proceed, as portfolio synergy takes on numerous forms. Nevertheless, it suggests that if the synergy is not as easily understood as with BigRep/HAGE3D and Nexa3D/Essentium, the primary focus for parties attempting M&A’s should be efficiently justifying the case for synergy to stakeholders, board members and the like.

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