3D printing company Stratasys announced a new division of its subsidiary MakerBot to capture the growth potential of desktop 3D printers and scanners in the Asia Pacific region.
MakerBot Asia Pacific & Japan (MakerBot APJ) aims to leverage on the existing Stratasys infrastructure in the region to strengthen its local operations and expand availability of its products.
Stratasys has 10 regional offices to serve its customers in Asia Pacific, including the Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong and presences in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Busan, Singapore and Bangalore. These Stratasys offices will support MakerBot’s local business operations with marketing, sales and customer support initiatives. MakerBot APJ will be led by Shiry Saar, who has been appointed General Manager and is based in Stratasys’ Asian headquarters in Hong Kong, operating under Stratasys AP Ltd. Saar had served in several management roles at Stratasys previously.
Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot commented: “Asia is an important market for desktop 3D printing with great opportunities in verticals that are a strategic priority for MakerBot such as education, engineering and design. Stratasys has the local expertise, infrastructure and customer relationships that we believe will help us expand our presence in the region. This is another step in our efforts to take advantage of synergies with Stratasys to grow our business internationally and accelerate the adoption of desktop 3D printing around the world.”