GKN Powder Metallurgy acquires FORECAST 3D

The US-based plastic parts provider adds 25 years of experience in polymers to GKN's advanced additive manufacturing production capabilities and market leadership in this high growth market.

GKN Powder Metallurgy, the producer of metal powder and parts, has acquired FORECAST 3D, a US specialist in plastic additive manufacturing offering a full range of services from concept to series production. The acquisition furthers GKN Powder Metallurgy’s ambition to achieve global market leadership in industrializing additive manufacturing. The combination creates a geographic and market expansion for GKN Powder Metallurgy’s conventional and additive manufacturing customers.

FORECAST 3D, headquartered in Carlsbad, California, serves a diversified target audience in the North American west coast. Prior to the acquisition, GKN Powder Metallurgy’s primary market focus was in North America’s midwestern region, as well as Europe and China. By combining both businesses, GKN Powder Metallurgy now serves all markets with a full range of 3D printing production technology and an expanded global footprint.

Both GKN and FORECAST 3D have been pioneers in using HP’s metals and plastics platforms. This acquisition brings together two experienced parts producers to further accelerate the mass production of high-quality final parts for customers around the world.