FIT Additive Manufacturing Group and Russian NIK Ltd. form new joint venture called “FITNIK”

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(Lupburg/Zhukovsky, 2017-11-13) The German technology innovator FIT Additive Manufacturing Group and the Russian Research and Engineering Company NIK Ltd. announced the creation of a new joint venture company called “FITNIK” to open up the Russian market for additive manufacturing.

The German-Russian cooperation will commence January 2018. The new company, located in Zhukovsky, will combine the deep expertise of both parent companies to leverage consulting proficiencies to enhance specific design for aviation parts and components, and to manufacture cutting-edge parts by innovative additive manufacturing in Russia. Production at the Russian site is expected to be fully operational within two years.

Signing the contract Sample part by NIK Leichtbauflügel Contract partners: Carl Fruth (left) and Alexander Korneev Gyroplane frame body with topology-optimization (credits: NIK Ltd.) Lightweight wing (credits: FIT Additive Manufacturing Group)

Zhukovsky, 30 km south of Moscow, is known as an important Russian aircraft center for scientific research and development. This carefully chosen location is an environment for creative innovation and allows access to excellent engineering expertise and talent.

“Through FITNIK, we gain incredible synergy. Not only are we able to penetrate the Russian market very quickly via access to many target markets, this joint venture also gives us the opportunity to offer our international customers qualified additive engineering at very competitive prices. We are happy to team up with NIK”, states Carl Fruth, founder and CEO of the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group.

Alexander Korneev, CEO at NIK Ltd., adds, “By creating this joint venture, we are ensuring a robust manufacturing process, incorporating the entire chain of product creation with the help of additive technologies — from designing, according to the customer’s specifications, to production implementation, certification, and post-production support. FITNIK combines the expertise of two leading companies regarding additive design and manufacturing, thereby allowing for the realization of truly comprehensive services.”

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About the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group
Founded in 1995, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group is a leading German provider of rapid prototyping services and additive design and manufacturing (“ADM”) via its subsidiaries FIT Prototyping GmbH and FIT Production GmbH. Group revenue in 2016 was EUR 24 million – an increase of forty per cent versus prior year. FIT Additive Manufacturing Group employs today 300 people, most of them at the company’s headquarters in Lupburg, Germany. The FIT Additive Manufacturing Group operates further subsidiaries, e.g. in Munich (Germany), Brasov (Romania), and Boston, MA (USA).

About NIK Ltd.
The Research and Engineering Company NIK Ltd. was established in 1997. The company provides engineering and consulting services for the aircraft industry and a number of other enterprises. The main frameworks of reference are engineering, structural design of aviaconstuctions, installation of aircraft furnishings in planes and helicopters, development of external equipment, staff training, and aviastructure fabrication out of composite materials. The company’s staff consists of about 500 specialists. Partners and customers of NIK Ltd. are United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI), Myasishchev Design Bureau (EMZ), PC “Ilyushin”, PJSC "Tupolev", Kamov Design Bureau, Boeing Corporation, and others.

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Dr. Elisabeth Bauer
FIT Additive Manufacturing Group
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92331 Lupburg

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