GE Additive, a business unit of global conglomerate General Electric Corp., will partner with Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. to grow Stryker’s additive manufacturing capabilities.
The agreement, which GE (NYSE: GE) announced during its Minds + Machines event, “covers new additive machines, materials and services,” according to a statement.
Additive manufacturing refers to using 3D printing on an industrial scale with a variety of materials.
“GE and Stryker share a similar vision and both of us understand the transformative power of additive design and manufacturing,” Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive, said in a statement. “We regard Stryker as one of the most experienced practitioners of metal additive, with a range of commercialised medical products. We will continue to innovate with new additive products, materials, and technologies, which will support their growth.”
For Stryker, the partnership will allow the medical device manufacturer to continue its investment in additive manufacturing technology, which the company began in 2001, according to the announcement.
The company recently opened an additive manufacturing center in Ireland.
Stryker also announced in late 2016 its intention to build a $130 million research and development campus in Portage.