Future Materials Group is pleased to announce the successful completion of the growth capital investment by DPE Deutsche Private Equity in SLM Solutions GmbH, a leading global manufacturer of metal-based Additive Manufacturing technologies.

FMG has been working closely with SLM owners Hans-Joachim Ihde and Henner Schöneborn to define the company’s strategy for growth, and then to design, launch and manage the capital raising process. Commenting on the investment, FMG managing directors Adrian Williams and David Schofield said, “SLM Solutions now have the financial resources and partner to fully exploit their world class technology in the innovative and rapidly growing field of Additive Manufacturing.”

With over a decade of experience in metal-based additive manufacturing, Lübeck(Germany) -based SLM is a leading pioneer of the emerging laser technology process “Selective Laser Melting.” It is a patented process well suited to short series production of highly complex metal components. With an already strong presence in the field of research and development, SLM’s Additive Manufacturing technologies, which also encompasses vacuum and metal casting machines, are now increasingly used in production applications across the aerospace, automotive, tool engineering, dental and medical sectors.

Delighted with this major new investment, Hans-Joachim Ihde sees the investment opening the door to exciting new opportunities: “As an innovative company, we have been instrumental in developing Selective Laser Melting technologies for the production of prototypes and small series components. With the investment from our new shareholder we can further develop SLM, and bolster its acceptance as a production technology across many sectors. DPE has proven themselves to be the right partner for us, and are strongly supporting us to meet the exceptional market growth anticipated in the medium-term.”

Providing growth capital to companies in sectors with good long-term prospects, DPE Deutsche Private Equity, founded in 2007, has an initial committed capital of €250m, and operates in German-speaking countries.

Volker Hichert, managing partner at DPE, says “SLM Solutions demonstrated to us they were innovative, flexible and very well positioned in this market.” Lars Becker, director at DPE, further adds, “With the finance from DPE, SLM can now expand their market position through greater investment in technology, sales and service, and plan for dynamic growth.”