MakerBot and Stratasys Announce Expanded Market Presence in Japan
MakerBot Taps Into Parent Company Stratasys to Leverage its Strong Local Presence to Capture the Booming Japanese Market for MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and Scanner
Tokyo, Japan – Jun 25, 2014 – MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, and Stratasys Japan Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products will be offered by Stratasys Japan, leveraging Stratasys’ strong presence, infrastructure and expertise in the Japanese market. Stratasys Japan expects to help strengthen MakerBot’s current Japanese value-added reseller relationships. MakerBot’s current Japanese resellers include Brulé and Nihon Binary, who have known and sold MakerBot® Replicator™ 3D Printers and the MakerBot Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner for years, and will continue to represent MakerBot in Japan.
“We are excited to leverage the existing advantages resulting from Stratasys Japan’s strong presence in Japan,” noted Mark Schulze, Vice President of Sales at MakerBot. “We believe combining Stratasys’ powerful presence and expertise in the Japanese market with our existing value added resellers is a winning combination.”
MakerBot was founded in 2009 and specializes in desktop 3D printers and scanners. MakerBot is a pioneer and leader in this market space and created Thingiverse.com, the world’s largest 3D printing design community for discovering, creating, and sharing of 3D printable files. MakerBot products include the award-winning MakerBot Replicator line of 3D printers and the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, as well as MakerBot PLA and ABS Filaments.
Stratasys has been providing its customers in Japan with cutting-edge 3D printing solutions since 1992, and has offices in Tokyo and Osaka. Driven by the growing demand for desktop 3D printers, and to broaden its support capability, Stratasys Japan is adding selected MakerBot products into its current product offering to Japanese customers. This move continues to demonstrate Stratasys’ commitment to providing a wide selection of 3D printing solutions – from entry level desktop 3D printers to advanced professional systems, contributing positively to the 3D printing ecosystem in Japan, in our effort to continue promoting a wider adoption of 3D printing technologies.
“By adding MakerBot products to our professional 3D printer offerings, we are addressing the growing demand for 3D printing solutions,” Jonathan Jaglom, General Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan of Stratasys AP commented. “By joining forces with MakerBot in distribution and support of MakerBot products in Japan, we believe that we can achieve synergy and better serve our Japanese customers. Japan is one of our key strategic markets and this cooperation signifies our commitment to meet the various 3D printing needs of this market.”
“Today marks a significant milestone for Stratasys Japan,” Hiroaki Katayama, President & CEO of Stratasys Japan remarked. “We believe the Japanese 3D printing market has a huge growth potential, especially in the desktop 3D printing and scanning space. With MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, 3D printing will become even more affordable and accessible not only to businesses and schools, but also to individuals and the younger generation, allowing their creativity to flourish and come to life. 3D printing is revolutionizing the education, design and manufacturing landscapes and we are excited to be at the forefront driving this development.”
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives accessibility and rapid adoption of 3D printing and includes Thingiverse.com, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot Replicator line of Desktop 3D Printers, MakerBot Desktop, the MakerBot MakerCare® Protection Plan, the MakerBot Retail Stores and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics’ “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, Time’s “Best Inventions of 2012,” Popular Mechanics’ “Editor’s Choice Award,” Popular Science’s “Product of the Year,” Fast Company’s “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics” and many more. Join the Next Industrial Revolution by following MakerBot at makerbot.com.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company's patented FDM® and PolyJet™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1900 employees, holds over 550 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com.
Stratasys, FDM and Objet are registered trademarks, and PolyJet is a trademark of Stratasys Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates.
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