One of the richest men in Poland – industrialist Michael Sołowow, whose fortune is estimated at PLN 7.7 billion (over $2 billion) – has invested in 3DGence, a well-known Polish manufacturer of 3D printers. This is the biggest investment in a 3D printing industry company in Poland (and propably one of the biggest in Europe as well).
3DGence entered the market just a year ago, however, thanks to its high quality products, the company has already built a solid customer base and form an excellent reputation at home and abroad. Its flagship printer 3DGence ONE has been recognized as the second best new 3D printer in a 2014 poll made by polish website CD3D, as well as won the main prize in the best new company of 2014. 3DGence works for many different companies, in the medical industry, automotive, and architectural. 3DGence company has its head office at Silesian University of Technology and has worked closely together with this respected university. Since early 2015, its 3D printers are also in the offer one of the largest distributors of electronic equipment in Europe – ABC Data.
Under the wings of Michael Sołowow, 3DGence has ambitions to become one of the leaders on the global market of 3D printers. In addition to the production of 3D printers, the company offers a constantly growing amount of 3D printing materials, as well as advice in terms of technology. 3DGence will soon open it’s own 3D printers point at the Silesian University of Technology.
Sołowow comments: “The main condition for good investment is knowledge of the industry and the companies in which to invest. In 3DGence I see a company with a lot of potential.” Via the Ipopema 112 FIZ AN fund, Solowow became shareholder of the company, and is now the largest co-owner. Sołowow currently holds 49 percent of the shares, while the rest belong to the three founders of the company – Roman Foltyn, Patryk Kadlec and Grzegorz Kowalczyk.
The transaction value was not disclosed, but it is counted in millions PLN. Presence of Michael Sołowow shows that opportunities for its companies are virtually limitless.