Skolkovo, Russia – October 18, 2017 – The final of the Skolkovo-Oerlikon AM Startup Challenge is being held on October 18, 2017 at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in frame of Open Innovation Forum.
Attending the event are more than 18000 from 98 countries including top-managers, politicians, entrepreneurs, young scientists, engineers and developers, who have participated in 180 round tables, interactive discussions and pitch sessions constituted an exciting program of the Forum. Seven hundreds world leading experts including Ivan Makharine (Oerlikon), Ludo Bautmans (Oerlikon) presented their experience for international Digital Transformation community. In the jury of the contest together with Oerlikon top-managers were presented the leading Russian experts V. Chuvildeev (Director RPTI Nizhniy Novgorod State University), A.Dub (First Deputy Director General of “Science and Innovation” division of Rosatom) and E. Belosludtsev (Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, vice-leader of Technet NTI)
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a transformational technology that is being increasingly adopted for customized production of complex components and constructions in industries from aerospace, automotive and power generation to medical devices.
While opportunities abound and the benefits of AM, such as higher performance, weight reduction and leaner supply chains, are well understood, challenges remain before AM is used for mass customization or production in industries. Skolkovo-Oerlikon Additive manufacturing Startup Challenge provides a dedicated platform for new voices in research, innovation, government and business to discuss projects and ideas and share best practices in AM production and application and the business models needed to drive the industrialization of AM.
Ivan Makharine, President of Oerlikon Russia said: “We are living in a major and complex industrial transition period, driven by digitalization and breakthrough technologies. To succeed, we need visionary cooperation and bold actions. Skolkovo-Oerlikon Additive manufacturing Startup Challenge brings together multiple stakeholders to address the most fundamental questions of our time in the field of additive manufacturing @innovation.”
In welcoming the participants of the contest Alexander Fertman, director of the Skolkovo Foundation’s science technology and education department noted: “The evolution of the additive manufacturing over the past 30 years difficult to characterize otherwise, as an explosive growth: as a result, the market in 2015 exceeded $ 5.1 billion. This disruptive technological package is one of the priorities of Skolkovo and we are very interesting to attract new teams developing software, materials, technologies and applications of AM to our ecosystem and help them to grow new international businesses”,
Ludo Bautmans, AM Technical Business Development Manager at Oerlikon added: “We are excited to launch with Skolkovo-Oerlikon Additive manufacturing Startup Challenge development of new materials, production capabilities and processes, software, automation and post processing solutions.”
In closing remarks Vice-President of Skolkovo Foundation Alexey Belyakov said: “The first contest in additive manufacturing is important step for the development Skolkovo – Oerlikon partnership. We are very interesting in promoting long-term cooperation of Russian startups with world-wide industrial leaders, help our companies to develop products and services inline with international market requirements and find short way to their commercialization”