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You are here: Financial Cambridge role in funding coup for German manufacturer

Cambridge role in funding coup for German manufacturer

David Schofield

Cambridge based advisory specialist, Future Materials Group (FMG), has helped a German client secure unspecified but important growth investment.


It reports the successful completion of the growth capital investment by DPE Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) in SLM Solutions GmbH (SLM), a leading global manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing technologies.

FMG has been working closely with SLM owners Hans-Joachim Ihde and Henner Schöneborn to define the company’s strategy for growth and then to design, launch and manage the capital raising process. FMG managing directors Adrian Williams and David Schofield said: “SLM Solutions now has the financial resources and partner to fully exploit its world-class technology in the innovative and rapidly growing field of additive manufacturing.”

With over a decade of experience in metal-based additive manufacturing, Lübeck-based SLM is a leading pioneer of the emerging laser-based technology ‘Selective Laser Melting.’ It is a patented process well suited to short series production of highly complex metal components.

With an already strong presence in the field of research & development, SLM’s additive manufacturing technologies – which also encompass vacuum and metal casting machines – are increasingly used in production applications across the aerospace, automotive, tool engineering, dental and medical sectors.

Hans-Joachim Ihde sees the investment opening the door to exciting new opportunities: “As an innovative company, we have been instrumental in developing Selective Laser Melting technologies for the production of prototypes and small series components.

“With the investment from our new shareholder we can further develop SLM, and bolster its acceptance as a production technology across many sectors. DPE has proven themselves to be the right partner for us, and are strongly supporting us to meet the exceptional market growth anticipated in the medium-term.”

Providing growth capital to companies in sectors with good long-term prospects, DPE Deutsche Private Equity, founded in 2007, has an initial committed capital of €250m, and operates in German-speaking countries.

FMG operates globally, to provide clients in the advanced materials and High Value Manufacturing sectors with respected chief executive and board-level support for growth at any stage of their business development. FMG services include growth strategy development; growth acceleration planning; managing mergers & acquisitions; developing strategic partnerships, and sourcing and managing growth finance that is tailored to the client’s ambitions.

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