In light of the situation, Wilhelmsen recently launched its early adopter program (EAP) for 3D printed marine spare parts in Singapore. The launching event was presented by EAP customers, along with key partners and stakeholders, including MPA, DNV GL and The Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore, Anita Nergaard.

Wilhelmsen’s EAP program for 3D printing, will reduce the need of physical inventory storage, often complex distribution, and typically high logistics costs.

The savings from reduced cost, time and environmental footprint provided by 3D printing, digital inventory and on-demand localized manufacturing of maritime spare parts is a tremendous opportunity for our valued subscribers to be ahead of their rivals.

...said the Head of Venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen, Hakon Ellekjaer.

Moreover, the companies believe that adding 3D printed parts with fast delivery to their portfolio, will be the first steps towards an exciting future for global logistics in the maritime industry, as they aim that these on-demand manufacturing technologies are going to completely reshape the maritime supply chain.

Through the Wilhelmsen’s collaboration with Ivaldi Group, the six early adopters will be benefited, as Ivaldi will be exclusively open for them, by providing spare parts on demand to the selected customers’ vessels around the globe.

For the records, Wilhelmsen has started its cooperation with Ivaldi since the begging of 2017, bringing on-demand manufacturing technologies into Wilhelmsen’s global supply chain via an ownership stake. Concluding, with the 3D printing market rapidly increasing, the additive manufacturing has the potential to be a game changer for maritime sector.