FIT Additive Manufacturing Group (Lupburg, Germany) has been awarded "Bayern’s Best 50", recognizing the 50 most dynamic owner-managed SMEs in Bavaria with above average increases in both sales and number of employees in recent years. At the award ceremony in the Kaisersaal of the Munich Residenz founder and CEO Carl Fruth received the coveted award from Minister Ilse Aigner, along with CFO Albert Klein.
Specializing in Additive Manufacturing for more than 20 years, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group is a pioneer of digitization in the SME sector and was honored for its focused growth strategy and as a major employer in the region.
"We see additive manufacturing as a digital production technology that enables the manufacturing of completely new products in the implementation of industry 4.0. A strong trend for additively optimized ultra-lightweight designs as well for perfectly fitted titanium medical implants continues unabated" said Fruth and adds: "Our commitment to quality is our guarantee of economic success and is reflected in our certifications. The "Bavaria's Best 50" award is a gratifying recognition of our commitment to the digitization of production."
FIT Additive Manufacturing Group had an exceptionally successful business year in 2015. After an investment of €20 million, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group launched its newest factory – the first in the world designed explicitly for additive manufacturing of plastic and metal components – giving FIT Additive Manufacturing Group the world's largest production capacity for additively manufactured metal components. With the completion of the test phase, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group can offer a scalable technology for true mass production of additive parts and assemblies, qualifying FIT Additive Manufacturing Group as ‘Outsourcing Partner Number 1’ worldwide.
Turnover in 2015 amounted to €17 million, representing a 30% increase over the previous year. Since its inception in 1995 the company has pulled itself up by its bootstraps to become a global market leader with over 220 employees, a number that continues to grow rapidly. Especially noteworthy are the high proportion of women (40%) and the successful inclusion of handicapped workers.