Founded in 2000 by Frank Herzog, Concept Laser GmbH is one of the world's leading suppliers of machinery and technology for metal 3D printing. The patented LaserCUSING® process - a powder bed fusion process for 3D printing of metals - opens up new freedom in the design of components and allows the tool-free, cost-effective production of highly complex parts in small series.

The company's customers come from various industries, including the medical and dental technology, the aerospace industry, tool and mold making, the automotive industry and the watch and jewelry industry. Concept Laser 3D printing machines process, among others, powder materials of stainless and hot-work steels, aluminum and titanium alloys as well as precious metals for jewelry applications.

The FKT Formenbau und Kunststofftechnik GmbH is a company in the sector of tool and mold making with a long-standing tradition. The company is specialized in design, manufacturing and series production of plastics injection molds with focus on multi-component technique. From the development/design of the molded part to the production of prototypes made of plastic and metal, the production in mold-making as well as the sampling possibility of molds and the manufacturing of plastic series, everything is presentable in the process chain. The product portfolio is completed by services in special technologies, e.g. CNC-internal and external cylindrical grinding, laser welding, hardening etc. and customer-oriented small-series production of molded parts especially in different multi-component injection molding and custom technologies. FKT has a universal quality- and environmental management system and is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 as well as DIN EN ISO 14001.


As a brand of the Hirschvogel Automotive Group, Hirschvogel Tech Solutions is your competent service provider for part development and additive manufacturing. With the service modules part development, additive manufacturing and materials/failure analysis, we support our customers with an optimally coordinated competence package when it comes to developing innovative products and high-performance components.

Developments based on a holistic approach, with the focus on the entire process chain, from the specifications to the ready-to-install component. This makes innovative and technically sophisticated solutions economically feasible. In the realization of lightweight structures bionic approaches and corresponding development methods are used.


Deere & Company was founded in 1837 by John Deere, a pioneer blacksmith who developed the first commercially successful, self-cleaning steel plow. This product helped to convert the heavy soils of the Mississippi prairies into fertile agricultural soils.

Today, with more than 57,000 employees and sales of more than 28 Billion US$ in 2015 (31 October), Deere & Company is a world leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment, turf care products and of construction and forestry equipment. The company also offers a wide array of financing solutions.

Deere & Company stocks are listed at the stock exchanges of Chicago and New York. John Deere products are manufactured in 75 locations in 19 countries and are sold through a worldwide network of authorized John Deere dealers.

In Europe, John Deere maintains 12 factories in 6 countries and produces a wide range of high quality equipment, such as tractors, combines, self-propelled forage harvesters, square and round balers, mower conditioners and front loaders, spraying equipment and headers for combines and forage harvesters, lawn and grounds care equipment, forestry equipment and Diesel engines.

John Deere Werk Mannheim is John Deere’s largest asset outside the United Sates. The factory has been Germany’s largest tractor producer and exporter for the past 40 years. It produces smaller 6MC and 6RC tractors and 4- and 6-cylinder 6R Premium tractors of up to 250hp. Approx. 90 % of Mannheim’s tractor production is exported to more than 80 countries, worldwide. The factory employs 3,300 people.

With an employment of 1,100 people John Deere Werk Zweibruecken manufactures combines and self-propelled forage harvesters for European and Overseas markets.

In Bruchsal, John Deere employs more than 1,300 people. The cab factory manufactures operator stations for tractors, combines, foragers and forestry machinery. And the Bruchsal-based European Parts Distribution Center (E-PDC) provides spare parts and accessories to European and overseas markets. Also located in Bruchsal: the German John Deere sales branch John Deere Vertrieb.

Other German John Deere subsidiaries include Kemper of Stadtlohn, a supplier of premium headers for foragers (290 employees) and SABO in Gummersbach, a premium manufacturer of lawn and groundscare equipment (135 employees).

John Deere’s most important link to its growing number of customers is the company’s dealer network which provides a wide spectrum of services to the end-user from consulting, sales and financing to after-sales services, product support, used equipment sales and operator training.

To enhance customer satisfaction, owner experience as well as sales and service quality John Deere recently embarked on its ‘dealer of tomorrow’ strategy which aims at increasing the size and scope of dealerships to meet the increasing demand for technical expertise.

Since 1988 NANOVAL develops and manufactures metal powders and turnkey plants for its production by using a patented gas atomization method. The powder is very fine (d50 as low as 4 µm), round, are inherent in tight particle size distribution and are forthcoming in small sample amounts as well as up to tonnages. Fields of application for the Nanoval powders are in the dental field, in additive manufacturing, in soft-, hard and active-soldering, in thermal spraying, in metal injection molding as well as for diamond tools and for shape memory components. The powders are being produced both from NE-metals such as Al and Cu and also on the basis of steel, iron, nickel and cobalt. Additionally, precious metals such as silver, gold and platinum are also becoming increasingly important. The powders are classified on own sieving and separating equipment with straight cuts between 5 and 200 µm.

oerlikon-am-logoThe Oerlikon AM Europe GmbH is an experienced rapid prototyping company and a member of the OC Oerlikon Group. Their core competence is in the field of toolless manufacturing. Most modern additive manufacturing processes are used, such as beam melting, laser sintering and innovative succession procedures (e.g. polyamide casting). Additional lines of business are the design and machining of components made of plastics and light metal. Their expertise of citim is the effective application of rapid tooling technologies for manufacturing molds and dies for die casting, injection moulding and sand casting for batch sizes up to several 1.000 components.

The Professorship of Design Technology/CAD at the Institute of Machine Elements and Machine Design belongs to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Dresden. Their competences are especially in the effective application of computer science, design and assembly methods as well as 3D visualization techniques in mechanical engineering and beyond. The Professorship of Design Technology/CAD is member of the Zentrum Virtueller Maschinenbau (ZVM) of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The employees have extensive know-how in the fields of product data management, 3D-digitalization and reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, design engineering and 3D visualization technology as well as production-oriented design. Furthermore, competences in the field of processing of medical images, the construction and modelling of 3D-objects for medical tasks as well as experiences and competences in the production of medical and other individual components via additive manufacturing and milling processes exist for a few years now.

A close cooperation with the laboratories of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Produktionstechnisches Zentrum (ProZeD) of the faculty guarantees a competent and broad application-oriented research environment and beyond this also consulting services for small and medium-sized enterprises. The institute is equipped with a Trumpf laser cutting machine and technically qualified staff which is versed in dealing with CAD and CNC technology.


The Volkswagen brand is one of the world's most successful volume carmakers. The Group's core brand maintains facilities in 14 countries, where it produces vehicles for customers in more than 150 nations. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered a record 6.2 million vehicles worldwide in 2018 (+0.2%). The Volkswagen Passenger Cars vision is "Moving people and driving them forwards". The "TRANSFORM 2025+" strategy therefore centers on a global model initiative through which the brand aims to lead innovation, technology and quality in the volume segment. Volkswagen Passenger Cars celebrated the world premiere of the new Touareg in the reporting year. With its expressive design, its extensive equipment, high-quality materials and top-class craftsmanship, it occupies a top position in the premium SUV segment. The brand also presented the T-Cross, a versatile, practical and urban crossover model, which is set to launch in 2019. In addition, it unveiled the ID. VIZZION concept car, the electric-driven ID. family's new flagship. The saloon car of tomorrow is self-driving, effortless to operate thanks to augmented reality, and capable of learning through artificial intelligence. In September 2018, Volkswagen gave media representatives from all around the world a first glimpse of its platform strategy for electric vehicles. The aim of the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) is to translate electric mobility into mass mobility at affordable prices. The all-electric ID. family based on the MEB will be manufactured in Zwickau from late 2019. Vehicles with all-electric drive will also roll off the assembly line in Emden.