SPE Has Acquired 3Dnatives, Expanding its Expertise in the Additive Manufacturing Sector

Published on February 27, 2023 by Madeleine P.
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Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the acquisition of 3Dnatives, the media platform dedicated to additive manufacturing. Founded in 1942 and now operating in 84 countries with over 22,500 members, SPE unites plastics professionals worldwide and is dedicated to advancing knowledge and education in the plastics industry. The acquisition will allow the U.S. organization to expand its expertise in the additive manufacturing sector.

Industrial 3D printing currently only accounts for about 0.1% of the $12.8 trillion global manufacturing economy, but it’s growing rapidly. The additive manufacturing market is expected to reach $107.7 billion by 2031, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 21.9% according to a report from Allied Market Research. 3D printing thus represents a real opportunity in the more global manufacturing landscape. “There is a natural similarity between the work of SPE and of 3Dnatives,” says Patrick Farrey, SPE’s CEO. “Both publish the most up-to-date technical information for professionals in the plastics and additive manufacturing industries. Joining with 3Dnatives expands SPE’s expertise in these growing markets and gives our members unprecedented access to the science and technologies they need to know.”

In the middle, Patrick Farrey, CEO of SPE, with the 3Dnatives executive team (photo credits: 3Dnatives)

3Dnatives global presence will also broaden SPE’s worldwide reach, through daily industry news and distinct market-specific platforms produced in five native languages – French, German, English, Spanish, and Italian. Every month, over 1.2M professionals visit 3Dnatives for its 3D printing equipment comparison engine, original articles, technical guides, product reviews, job board, business directory and more.

3Dnatives, under its “ADDITIV” brand, also produces online and in-person events dedicated to 3D printing and its applications. The company’s recent events included over 200 expert speakers from top-tier companies (such as L’Oréal, Audi, NASA, Boeing, etc.) and more than 15,000 attendees overall.

“3Dnatives has found a great partner in SPE,” explains Alexandre Martel, CEO, and founder of 3Dnatives. “SPE’s well-established leadership in producing technical information for plastics and manufacturing professionals will be a great asset, as 3Dnatives continues to serve more than six-million 3D printing and additive manufacturing professionals across the globe every year. Together, we look forward to reaching even more markets, with original content produced specifically for each country in their native language.”

The companies will maintain offices in the U.S., Brussels, and Paris. Terms of the transaction were not released. If you would like to learn more, you can find the official press release HERE.

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