The Barnes Group Advisors and APWORKS Sign Letter of Intent for Strategic Collaboration

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The Barnes Group Advisors and APWORKS enter into Additive Manufacturing support agreement at formnext 2018

Joachim Zettler, APWORKS, Chelsea Cummings, John Barnes, The Barnes Group Advisors

Joachim Zettler, CEO, APWORKS, Chelsea Cummings, ADDvisor, The Barnes Group Advisors, and John Barnes, Managing Director, The Barnes Group Advisors

We believe TBGA can add value and help APWORKS grow their new operation by efficiently matching the right great people with the right great technology.

The Barnes Group Advisors and APWORKS have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to enter into a strategic collaboration. The agreement was signed last month at formnext 2018. The scope of the agreement includes The Barnes Group Advisors (TBGA) providing Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technical Marketing and Application Development support via the Technical Excellence Resource Model. The Technical Excellence Resource Model allows APWORKS access to TBGA technical expertise as needed to support AM business opportunities.

For APWORKS, this represents the next logical step in the geographic expansion of its Additive Manufacturing activities, with a strong focus on AM-based serial applications. APWORKS offers its customers support throughout the full AM journey from first idea to serial AM production. This includes comprehensive AM training, AM compliant design optimization, business case development, and end-to-end industrial production capabilities.

"We are very excited to partner with APWORKS and grow the Technical Excellence Resource Model," says John Barnes, Managing Director, The Barnes Group Advisors. "We believe TBGA can add value and help APWORKS grow their new operation by efficiently matching the right great people with the right great technology."

"After gaining a degree of awareness in the AM environment in Europe, our customers in the North American region now want to draw on our know-how," says Joachim Zettler, Managing Director, APWORKS. "We value strong partnerships, and we believe that by pooling our activities with The Barnes Group Advisors we can rapidly implement our North American expansion strategy."

About The Barnes Group Advisors

The Barnes Group Advisors is the largest independent additive manufacturing engineering consultancy. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, TBGA has presence in Australia, the United Kingdom, Austin, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Youngstown, OH, St. Louis, MO and State College, PA. TBGA helps companies work through their AM adoption strategy via strategy, design, leadership, training, metallurgy, and economics, and is comprised of seasoned specialists with well over 100 years of experience in additive manufacturing.


APWORKS makes proven aerospace technologies accessible in many different industries. Focusing on metal 3D printing (additive manufacturing) the company covers the entire value chain, from optimized component and part design to the choice of suitable materials, and from prototyping to qualified serial production. Customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace benefit from functionally integrated and optimized parts with reduced weight and lead time. 3D printing also allows much more complex geometries than were previously possible.

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