Sandretto to Enter the Additive Manufacturing Sector
Italian plastics machinery manufacturer Sandretto, Pont Cavanese, has drawn up an aggressive plan for getting into the Additive Manufacturing sector; the firm intends to dominate all the sector’s main technologies, from hot wire deposition for plastic materials to polymerizing the resins loaded until sintering of the metal powders.
The company was bought by the Italian-Belgium company Photonike Capital S.A. in 2013. Photonike, a company listed in Paris Stock Exchange, is managed by the entrepreneur Fausto Ventriglia, new CEO of Sandretto, who chose Massimo Postiglione as General Manager and Luigi Sorice as Sales Manager. The new management has organized production vertically, concentrating the manufacturing chain in the plant in Pont Canavese, which extends over more than 40,000 m2 , 25,000 of which are roofed, and which is undergoing extensive restructuring.
With regard to the production structure, Sandretto has maintained its vocation as a vertically integrated manufacturer , a feature present in the DNA of the company from the beginning. The machine in its entirety is produced in the three departments (mechanical, treatment, assembling) of Pont Canavese, except the electronic components and the mergers. The budget of 2014 was closed with a turnover of six million Euros and a profit of EUR 700,000, but the goal is to achieve, by 2016, a turnover of around EUR 40 million, only with the sales of injection molding machines, plus the new business – additive manufacturing – more difficult to estimate but, according to Ventriglia, able to generate the 60% of the whole profit in the next five years.
Sandretto foresees that, thanks to the technological convergences in the field of real time processors, sensor technology and in electric motors, the use of additive manufacturing will become an integral part of the processes of manufacturing both plastic and metal articles for structural purposes within a few months. The costs of manufacturing will become competitive with traditional processes, while the specific manufacturing methods will make it possible to make parts that cannot be made using current processes.
Sandretto has a development plan in the additive manufacturing sector, which covers the whole range and will be finished before the end of 2016. At the Plast exhibition in Milan the company introduced its first professional hot wire printers with Delta technology. The products were developed in the Sandretto plant in only 6 months, with a dedicated staff. Soon, with the same technology, there will be a complete range of cartesian types in the sector of polymerization of resins and in the sector of laser sintering of powders. The company has invested in a specialized laboratory, now being set up in Latium, called Sandretto Skunk Works Lab, where the best Italian and foreign skills in the sector have been brought together.
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