28.02.2020 – ALSO Holding AG

Additive manufacturing: ALSO distributes BASF Ultrasint(R) TPU01

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Additive manufacturing: ALSO distributes BASF Ultrasint(R) TPU01

28.02.2020 / 11:30



     Media release
Additive manufacturing: ALSO distributes BASF Ultrasint(R) TPU01

ALSO is cooperating with one of the world's leading manufacturers of 3D
printing materials, BASF, which is marketing its Ultrasint(R) TPU01 product
under the Forward AM brand. The material is especially suitable for
manufacturing the tough, abrasion-resistant and flexible elastic parts
required for sports and leisure footwear and by the automobile industry. The
new thermoplastic material can be ordered from ALSO with immediate effect
throughout Europe. It was specially developed for the HP Jet Fusion 5200
series, a 3D printer family that ALSO already has in its product range.

«Additive manufacturing will only become a genuine production process
alternative once the choice of materials is right and the result is
convincing», says Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG (SIX: ALSN).
«With the BASF material we are expanding our 3D printing portfolio to
include an extremely high-quality product that can be used in the production
of a wide range of goods and components - from sports shoes to automobiles».

Ultrasint(R) TPU01 was specially developed by BASF for HP's new Jet Fusion
5200 series. Combined with suitable lattice structures the thermoplastic
material opens up totally new geometry options for developers and designers
- especially in areas requiring flexible structures and shock absorption.
That is why examples of uses to which it can be put are so wide-ranging -
from sport, leisure and footwear to mechanical engineering and carmaking.
Ultrasint(R) TPU01's properties make the product an ideal material for
prototyping and manufacturing applications such as small batch production of
protective casings and coverings, complex pipe networks, grippers and
gaskets or shoes.

In addition Forward AM offers material and service solutions along the
entire value chain from product idea to production. From powder bed fusion
via plastic and metal filaments to photopolymers, Forward AM is positioned
in the market with the widest product range in the 3D printing industry.

For ALSO this is a further step toward expanding its 3D printing portfolio.
The technology provider's product range currently comprises 3D printers of
different sizes and for different uses - from entry-level models to
up-market industrial and dental printers - along with consumables and
accessories such as industrial vacuum cleaners and lifting devices.
Resellers and users also benefit from the expertise that is bundled at the
ALSO Centre of Competence for Additive Manufacturing, which offers complete
single-source solutions.

Direct link to media release: https://www2.also.com/press/20200228en.pdf

Contact person ALSO Holding AG:
Manuela Rost-Hein
Head of Communications ALSO Group
Phone: +49 151 14040215
E-Mail: manuela.rost-hein@also.com

Contact person at BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH:
Lisa Krämer
Marketing and Communications Manager
Phone: +49 6221 67417-130
E-Mail: lisa.kraemer@basf-3dps.com

ALSO Holding AG (ALSN.SW) (Emmen/Switzerland) brings providers and buyers of
the ICT industry together. ALSO offer more than 660 vendors of hardware,
software and IT-services access to over 110 000 buyers, who can call a broad
spectrum of other customized services in the logistics, finance, and IT
services sectors, as well as traditional distribution services. From the
development of complex IT landscapes, the provision and maintenance of
hardware and software, right through to the return, reconditioning and
remarketing of IT hardware, ALSO offers all services as a one-stop shop.
ALSO is represented in 23 European countries and generates total net sales
of approximately 10.7 billion euros with around 4 000 employees in the
fiscal year 2019. The principal shareholder of ALSO Holding AG is the Droege
Group, Düsseldorf, Germany. Further information is available at

BASF 3D Printing Solutions
BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH. Its task is to develop
and expand Forward AM brand business in 3D printing materials, system
solutions, components and services. BASF 3D Printing Solutions operates in
startup-like structures in order to support its customers in the dynamic 3D
printing market. It collaborates closely with global research platforms and
application engineers at different BASF business units and cooperates with
research institutes, universities, startups and industry partners. Potential
customers are mainly companies aiming to use 3D printing for industrial
production. Typical industries are automotive, aerospace and consumer goods.
Further information is available at www.forward-am.com

Droege Group
Droege Group (founded in 1988) is an independent advisory and investment
company under full family ownership. The company acts as a specialist for
tailor-made transformation programs aiming to enhance corporate value.
Droege Group combines its corporate family-run structure and capital
strength into a family- equity business model. The group carries out direct
investments with its own equity in corporate spin-offs and medium-sized
companies in «special situations». With the guiding principle «execution -
following the rules of art», the group is a pioneer in execution-oriented
corporate development. Droege Group follows a focused investment strategy
based on current megatrends (knowledge, connectivity, prevention,
demography, specialization, future work, shopping 4.0). Enthusiasm for
quality, innovation and speed determines the company's actions. In recent
years Droege Group has successfully positioned itself in domestic and
international markets and operates in 30 countries. More information:

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in particular the results, financial situation, and performance of our
Group. The Group accepts no responsibility for updating these
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