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Etteplan’s Tero Hämeenaho to lead Finland’s national ecosystem for 3D printing

News – Published: 18.11.2020 14:45:00

Etteplan news release November 18, 2020

Etteplan’s Tero Hämeenaho to lead Finland’s national ecosystem for 3D printingThe Finnish 3D printing ecosystem FAME (Finnish Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem) appointed Etteplan’s Tero Hämeenaho as the chairman of the ecosystem. Etteplan is one of the founding companies of the ecosystem.

The companies forming the FAME ecosystem, founded in October, aim to reach 5% of the global 3D printing market volume by 2030. For this to happen 3D printing should be seen as an opportunity and an alternative to current manufacturing methods. FAME brings together leading equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, design and printing experts, and machine builders who will turn their manufacturing technology towards 3D printing.

Etteplan has been involved in groundbreaking and experimental engineering related to industrial 3D printing already for a long time. This is why it was natural for Etteplan to take an active role in building a common ecosystem for 3D printing.

”It is a great honor to lead this systemic change ecosystem crossing organizational borders. We have already for years worked in the field of additive manufacturing. Now, together with Etteplan’s Additive Manufacturing and Optimization team and several other companies we can take actions to industrialize 3D printing, says Tero Hämeenaho, Department manager for 3D printing in Etteplan.

The new ecosystem starts now to tackle these challenges and lead Finland towards becoming one of the leading countries in 3D printing. 

In 2019, Etteplan carried out a study funded by Business Finland, which revealed the slow awakening of Finnish companies to 3D printing as well as the need to have a neutral party representing the private sector leadership and facilitate the development of the industry.

“DIMECC is an excellent platform to promote systemic change that individual players would not be able to. The progress of 3D printing in Finland has so far been slowed down by the small size and fragmentation of the players, but FAME gathers everyone to work towards common goal”, Hämeenaho continues.

The start-up and operations of the ecosystem are financed by the member companies and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The operations of the ecosystem are facilitated by Dimecc Ltd.

For further information, please contact:
Tero Hämeenaho, Department manager, AMO (Additive Manufacturing & Optimization), Etteplan, tel. +358 10 307 2757
Outi Torniainen, SVP, Marketing and Communications, Etteplan, tel. +358 10 307 3302

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Etteplan provides solutions for industrial equipment and plant engineering, software and embedded solutions, and technical documentation solutions to the world’s leading companies in the manufacturing industry. Our services are geared to improve the competitiveness of our customers’ products, services and engineering processes throughout the product life cycle. The results of Etteplan’s innovative engineering can be seen in numerous industrial solutions and everyday products. In 2019, Etteplan had a turnover of approximately EUR 263 million. The company currently has over 3,400 professionals in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and China. Etteplan's shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd under the ETTE ticker.