German-Russian Joint Venture FITNIK is Leveraging AM for Aerospace and Aviation Industries

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(Lupburg/Zhukovsky, 2018-02-20) The aerospace industry’s interest in AM (Additive Manufacturing) has been continually rising. In fact, the adoption rate could be described as resembling the predictable curve of an airplane in take-off – gaining speed and accelerating quickly. As previously announced, this promising German-Russian joint venture “FITNIK” launched operations as of January 2018.

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From left: Leonid Chernyshev, Head of Research and Production Complex TsAGI; Igor Kovalev, Deputy General Director of TsAGI for Complex Research for Special Purpose Projects; Vadim Khromov, 1st Deputy Minister of Investments and Innovations; Carl Fruth, CEO FIT Additive Manufacturing Group; Alexander Korneev, CEO FITNIK Ltd.; Viktor Rekimchuk, Sales Manager Russia; Stanislav Mironov, Liaison Engineer FIT/FITNIK

Strategic partners are the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group based in Lupburg (Germany), specializing in rapid prototyping and Additive Design and Manufacturing services, and NIK Ltd., based in Zhukovsky (Russian Federation), an engineering consulting firm active in the Russian and international aerospace market providing engineering and consulting services.

Legal representatives of FITNIK: Carl Fruth (left) and Alexander Korneev

Carl Fruth with Viktor Rekimchuk (Sales Manager Russia, left) andStanislav Mironov (Liaison Engineer FIT Additive Manufacturing Group/FITNIK)

The cooperation combines two specialists united by one goal: To open up the Russian market for AM. Whereas FIT Additive Manufacturing Group will provide ADM (Additive Design and Manufacturing) expertise and services for the Russian market, NIK joins forces as the local partner for the market entry. Furthermore, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group intends to leverage NIK’s expertise in aircraft engineering to expand its scope of additive manufacturing technologies services. One further goal is the subsequent establishment of an additive design, research, testing, production, and training center.

FITNIK has started establishing operations by recruiting design and engineering staff in Russia.

“FITNIK embodies a unique synergy. With FITNIK, we will have an incredible opportunity to quickly access numerous target markets in Russia. At the same time, this joint venture will allow us to provide a new level of experienced additive engineering to our international customers – at very competitive prices. This is a big step for additive manufacturing industries", states Carl Fruth, founder and CEO of the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group.

Alexander Korneev, CEO at FITNIK Ltd., sums up the partner objectives as follows, “This joint venture is the key to ensure a robust manufacturing process occurs over the entire supply chain, notably including additive design and additive manufacturing. Our goal is to create truly comprehensive services for the aerospace and aviation industries; making optimum use of the disruptive additive manufacturing technologies entering into the new generation of products.”

Gyroplane frame body with topology-optimization (credits: NIK Ltd.) Lightweight wing (credits: FIT Additive Manufacturing Group)

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 2017 was EUR 25.4 million. FIT Additive Manufacturing Group currently employs 300 people, most of them at the company’s headquarters in Lupburg, Germany. The FIT Additive Manufacturing Group operates further subsidiaries, e.g. in Brasov (Romania), Boston (MA) and Peoria (IL), both 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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FIT Additive Manufacturing Group
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