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Arevo building CFRP additive manufacturing facility

15
Jun '20
Pic: PR Newswire
Pic: PR Newswire
Arevo, the Silicon Valley company transforming composites production through digitalisation and automation, is constructing one of the world's largest high-speed continuous carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite additive manufacturing facilities. The plant will operate on a rapid-turnaround manufacturing-as-a-service (MaaS) model.

The facility will produce custom products on a just-in-time basis. Continuous CFRP composites can have a strength-to-weight ratio over 60 times that of steel and be used in products such as elite-level bicycles, Formula One race cars, and the latest generation fighter aircrafts.

With the completion of Arevo's second-generation composite material deposition technology, which is over four times faster than the first generation, the company plans to host hundreds of production systems at the centre of a yet-to-be-announced Asian city. This will equip the company with capacity to meet burgeoning customer demand for the rapid turnaround of large and geometrically complex CFRP products.

Key executives have been onboarded to support and scale the business. Sonny Vu, serial entrepreneur has been appointed CEO. Most recently, Vu was founder of Misfit, a wearables company acquired by Fossil, and Tuan TranPham, one of the longest-tenured veterans (17 years) in the 3D-printing industry, has become CRO.

"The new team will be key to our success as we enter into this new expansion phase. We needed people who had a blend of startup experience, ability to scale technical businesses as well as deep industry experience in additive manufacturing," said Hemant Bheda, Arevo co-founder and chairman.

"It's exciting to be a part of what is one of the most ambitious and interesting opportunities I've seen in the 3D-printing industry in the last 20 years," stated TranPham.

"We are now aggressively recruiting additional commercialisation and technical talent," continued Bheda.

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