Mitsubishi Chemical and AM Polymers enter into partnership agreement on PBT powder product for 3D printing

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) and AM Polymers GmbH (AMP), a German new materials start-up and portfolio company of eCAPITAL, announce that they have entered into an exclusive joint development and commercial partnership agreement on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) powder product for industrial 3D printing.

Located in Willich (Germany), AMP specializes in producing and selling thermoplastic powders with “Plug & Play” processability and part performance for selective laser sintering (SLS) and powder bed fusion (PBF) processes. Through this partnership, both parties are jointly developing new powder products for industrial additive manufacturing from PBT feedstock, specially optimized based on MCC’s chemical expertise. A beta version of ROLASERIT®PBT01 powder will be soon unveiled in Europe for client evaluation.

This partnership provides MCC and AMP an opportunity to further expand their product portfolio for 3D printing. SLS/PBF is a process by which users can achieve complex geometries at short production lead time. Coupled with good mechanical properties, PBT powder has much lower moisture absorption characteristics than polyamide 12, a common material for SLS/PBF. Thus, MCC and AMP expect new PBT powder products to be used for industrial applications such as automotive and aerospace. This new partnership enables MCC and AMP to further accelerate growth in the 3D printing area.

About AM Polymers GmbH
AM POLYMERS was founded as a spin-off of the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2014 by Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wegner and Prof. Dr.-Ing Gerd Witt, while Co-Founder Dipl.-Ing. Timur Ünlü joined the team as shareholder and managing director in 2018. AM POLYMERS produces and sells qualified plastic powders for industrial additive manufacturing (3D printing). More precisely, the company offers traditional standard plastics, which are known from injection moulding and therefore essential for additive manufacturing. AM POLYMERS’ products meet the necessary chemical requirements, mechanical performance, flexibility and/or elongation at break combined with a good processability, which are in demand by the market.

eCAPITAL is a venture capital firm that provides early to growth stage funding to technology companies in the fields of software & information technology, cybersecurity, industry 4.0, new materials and cleantech. Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL has a history of supporting entrepreneurs determined to build companies with lasting significance. Partnering with eCAPITAL means joining an international network of business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists and potential partners. eCAPITAL is located in Germany, currently manages funds with over EUR 220 million under management and was lead investor of some very successful German exits like sonnen or Novaled.

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wegner
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Straße 9e
47877 Willich, Germany
Tel.: +49 203 306 488 0

Sylvia Richter
Hafenweg 24
48155 Münster, Germany
Tel.: +49 251 70 37 67 0