Ingram Micro has created a dedicated 3D printing and scanning division in Europe, which will be led by Rudolf Ehrmanntraut, senior manager, 3D Printing and Scanning, Europe. He will set up a European Competence Center and drive the company’s continued expansion in this space.
This announcement follows the initial success that Ingram Micro has enjoyed in the 3D printing space in Europe. Ingram Micro’s portfolio now consists of products from leading OEMs including 3D Systems, Leapfrog and German RepRap. With this increased focus, Ingram Micro will now look to expand its offering and competencies. A European Competence Center will offer training, support and pre-sales support for its many resellers across Europe who will be looking to take advantage of this opportunity to expand their offering to end users.
“We have seen a frenzy of activity in the 3D printing and scanning space in Europe, will our resellers making it clear that they are looking to enter or expand in this fast-growing market,” said Rudolf Ehrmanntraut, senior manager 3D printing and scanning, Europe. “I am pleased we are able to provide resellers with the needed support to get them fully operational in offering 3D printing and scanning products and support services – going much further than just providing hardware. Our focus lies on providing our partners with deeper know-how in order to enable data preparation and creation of their own objects. I look forward to being a long term partner to them in this area.”
Ingram Micro’s product portfolio of 3D printers, 3D scanners, related supplies and 3D authoring tools is suited to a range of end users including schools, designers, manufacturers and home users making it an interesting proposition for resellers.
“We have been observing the evolution of this technology and the market around 3D printing for some time and we are convinced that for our customers, new business opportunities are out there for the taking.” said Ernesto Schmutter, vice president Germany of Ingram Micro’s Technology Solutions division. “After having successfully introduced and established our specialty solutions such as physical security, digital signage and others, we are pleased to support our reseller community once more with innovative solutions and technical competence.”