The Wilhelmsen Thyssenkrupp AM fulfillment platform currently serves more than 3,000 vessels from key locations worldwide, addressing and solving some of the biggest pain points such as long lead time, part obsolescence, poor part performance and high carbon footprint, through on-demand manufacturing. Cooperating with several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), the venture is empowering OEMs to reduce their supply chain costs and improve customer experience, through increased serviceability, with shorter delivery times, in key locations. Additive Manufacturing (AM) service We are proud to be working with the Wilhelmsen Thyssenkrupp venture" Kawasaki Heavy Industries clearly agree, with Atsushi Ogura, Leader of AM Project Marine Machinery stating, “Additive manufacturing offers clear benefits in performance, lead time and enables a more resilient, and greener supply chain. We are proud to be working with the Wilhelmsen Thyssenkrupp venture, the AM market leader for the marine industry. The successful production and delivery has established a solid foundation for a future collaboration between Kawasaki Heavy Industries and the Wilhelmsen Thyssenkrupp venture.” The cooling water pipe connector from Kawasaki Heavy Industries illustrates the opportunities presented by AM, with clear benefits of shorter lead times, improved part performance, and lower carbon footprint delivered, both to the OEM and end-user. Prior to delivery, the part was tested and its quality assured, through the venture’s DNV-endorsed Quality Assurance Framework. Partnership with Kawasaki Heavy Industries “We are honoured to be on this journey with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, who have entrusted us not only with their valuable IP, but the confidence for us to deliver successfully. We believe this is a true testament that the venture has the right ingredients for success. We will continue to provide this same level of accomplishment to our ever-expanding list of OEM partners,” said Kenlip Ong, Head of Additive Manufacturing Tech Centre, ThyssenKrupp. “Additive and on-demand manufacturing is a unique opportunity for MMA Offshore and solves many of the supply chain challenges, we encounter as marine operators. The ability to print and deliver spare parts on demand, results in a far more effective and efficient supply chain. MMA Offshore is a proud customer of the 3D printing programme by Wilhelmsen and ThyssenKrupp, and we are looking forward to increasing the adoption of AM parts through this partnership across our fleet,” said Greg Reece, General Manager - Strategy & Innovation, MMA Offshore. Wilhelmsen-led consortium gets MINT funding The Wilhelmsen-led consortium awarded funding by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) The part was developed, as part of the Joint Industry Program on Additive Manufacturing in Singapore, with the Wilhelmsen-led consortium awarded funding by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), under its Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund. The consortium includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) - Wärtsilä, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hamworthy pumps, independent assurance and risk management expert - DNV, technology partners - ThyssenKrupp, Ivaldi Group and Tytus3D, and a number of forward-leaning end users, already a part of Wilhelmsen’s 3D printing programmes. Hakon Ellekjaer, Head of Venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen, said “We are excited to once again share an excellent use case, presented by additive manufacturing, where OEMs and end users are experiencing a solution that is faster, better, and more sustainable, through on-demand manufacturing close to the point of need. Hakon Ellekjaer adds, “The future of supply chain is now and we are continuously expanding our service to key locations worldwide,”
Utilising ThyssenKrupp's deep expertise in additive manufacturing, alongside Wilhelmsen’s long-standing maritime service and supply know-how, the maritime company’s recent experiences from its 3DP Early Adopter Program will be an important stepping stone for the new venture. The program, where customers have exclusive access to on-demand additive manufacturing was launched by Wilhelmsen’s Marine Products division in December 2019. Customers include Berge Bulk, Carnival Maritime, Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management. Investment in spare parts The maritime industry spends billions of dollars every year on spare parts; with 50% of these vessels being older than 15 years Based on current data, the maritime industry spends billions of dollars every year on spare parts; with 50% of these vessels being older than 15 years, the availability of parts is limited. This makes the fulfillment of orders for maritime spare parts costly and complicated, and in fact, the supply chain overheads involved may often far outstrip the cost of the part itself. Moreover, traditional manufacturing processes such as machining and casting often involve long lead-times stretching into months. The traditional model of manufacturing and distribution of spare parts has largely remained unchallenged for decades, until now. Entering the next phase “We are very excited to enter the next phase of our 3D printing journey, hand in hand with ThyssenKrupp. With this joint venture we believe we will take the lead as the defacto supplier of 3D printed maritime spare parts, continuing to bring the benefits of AM technology to shipping companies by reducing the cost of spare parts, lead times and environmental footprint,” says Hakon Ellekjaer, Head of Venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen. Additive manufacturing, or 3D Printing, disrupts the costly and time-consuming spare parts status quo, as suitable components are fabricated near the vessel location in a matter of weeks, sometimes days. Gamechanger maritime industry Wilhelmsen and ThyssenKrupp are offering a more efficient process of obtaining selected spare parts “We are already seeing a very positive response from our maritime customers on the additive manufacturing adoption,” shared Abhinav Singhal, Director of ThyssenKrupp Innovations. “They are realising the benefits from faster lead times, reduced costs and having more resilience in their spare parts supply chain. This is going to be a true gamechanger for the maritime industry and we are proud to offer it alongside Wilhelmsen.” Joint venture The joint venture will position Wilhelmsen and ThyssenKrupp as front-runners in the maritime AM fulfillment platform, offering a customised, on demand, and more efficient process of obtaining selected spare parts. Expected to be headquartered in Singapore, it will serve the key port locations around the world. In addition to the collaboration with ThyssenKrupp, Wilhelmsen continues to work with additive manufacturing company Ivaldi Group on a number of 3D printing software applications.