Nikon acquires AM firm Morf3D
Optical technology firm Nikon has acquired a majority stake of Morf3D, a company specialising in additive manufacturing (AM) and engineering for the aerospace, space and defence industries, for an undisclosed amount.
The acquisition will enable the two firms to combine their expertise in order to deliver ‘next-generation AM solutions’.
Founded more than a century ago, Nikon manufactures precise optical equipment for applications ranging from advanced semiconductor manufacturing and mass production of panels for televisions and smart devices, to medical and automotive systems, and satellites.
In July 2019, Nikon established its Next Generation Project Division to accelerate the launch of new growth businesses, including materials processing technologies. The firm intends to drive the industrialisation of digital manufacturing by leveraging synergies resulting from strategic investments and alliances with industry-leading companies worldwide.
Morf3D focuses on helping customers realise the potential of AM to solve complex design and manufacturing challenges. Using state-of-the-art additive design and analytical tools combined with its AM serial production experience, the company accelerates fully optimised functional structures and build processes for clients.
'Morf3D has proven leadership in metal additive technology, a strong innovation pipeline and highly specialised aerospace manufacturing qualifications,’ said Yuichi Shibazaki, corporate vice president and general manager of Nikon’s Next Generation Project Division. ‘It also brings a team of experts accustomed to partnering with customers to achieve their unique requirements. This combination is well-aligned with Nikon's vision for accelerating industrialisation of AM through innovation, and we look forward to working together to deliver exciting next-generation AM solutions to customers globally.'
Ivan Madera, CEO of Morf3D added: 'Nikon's investment and cutting-edge technology accelerates Morf3D's position as an innovation leader in advanced manufacturing for the aerospace, space and defense markets. Our unique partnership is well-positioned to bring forth the highest level of quality, service and technological advancements that will drive the industrialisation of additive manufacturing.'