Stryker partners with GE business
A maker of medical devices and equipment has partnered with GE’s 3D printing business to enhance its supply chain.
Kalamazoo-based Stryker and GE Additive said last week the partnership will bring new additive — or 3D printing — machines, materials and services to Stryker’s global supply chain.
Stryker said it has previously invested in Concept Laser and Arcam 3D machines, and its relationship with additive manufacturing began in 2001.
"Working with GE Additive and leveraging their expertise is a very compelling proposition for Stryker,” said John Haller, VP of global supply, Stryker. “We believe this collaboration will accelerate our additive manufacturing journey and support our mission to make health care better."
Stryker has a history of collaboration with universities in Ireland and the U.K. to industrialize 3D printing for the health care industry and recently opened a global technology development center with an additive manufacturing hub in Ireland. The process allows Stryker to increase design complexity and manufacture previously impossible designs.
GE has invested in Concept Laser and Arcam to the tune of $1.4 billion and developed additive applications across six of its businesses. GE Additive was established in 2016 with the mission to become a leading worldwide supplier of additive technology, materials and services.
“GE and Stryker share a similar vision, and both of us understand the transformative power of additive design and manufacturing,” said Mohammad Ehtesham, VP and general manager, GE Additive. “We regard Stryker as one of the most experienced practitioners of metal additive, with a range of commercialized medical products. We will continue to innovate with new additive products, materials and technologies, which will support their growth.”