3D Systems to Acquire Portion of Xerox's OR-Based Solid Ink Engineering, Development Teams
ROCK HILL, SC and NORWALK, CT—December 18, 2013—3D Systems and Xerox announced a transaction designed to leverage both companies' 3-D printing capabilities to accelerate growth and cement leadership positions. 3D Systems entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Xerox Corp.'s Wilsonville, OR, product design, engineering and chemistry group and related assets for $32.5 million in cash. Both companies expect the transaction to close before the end of 2013, subject to fulfillment of certain customary conditions. This agreement expands the decade and a half long collaboration between the companies, that already produced 3DS' best selling ProJet series 3-D printers.
"We are pleased to expand our relationship with an innovative partner of the caliber of Xerox and expect that acquiring some of the Xerox Wilsonville engineering team, together with their state-of the-art development labs and selected licensed IP, will catapult our 3-D printers' development and manufacturing capabilities forward," said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems' president and CEO. "This bold step is consistent with our belief that we must act quickly and decisively to extend and cement our marketplace leadership position by taking full advantage of the window of unprecedented opportunity in front of us."
Kevin Warren, president of Xerox Strategic Growth Initiatives also added: "This deal takes advantage of Xerox's world-class capabilities and expands our relationship with 3D Systems in the exciting and dynamic 3-D printing industry. It emphasizes how we are leveraging our expertise while we continue to evolve our business model and pursue strategic growth opportunities."
As part of this agreement, 3DS expects to add more than 100 experienced Xerox engineers and contractors specializing in product design and materials science to its global R&D team and immediately begin to operate its own facility within the Xerox Wilsonville campus. Xerox will maintain ink and print head development resources along with research relevant for digital printing and the 3-D markets. In connection with this strategic investment, 3DS expects to progressively increase its annual R&D expenditures by approximately 75 percent to 100 percent over the next few years as it completes certain Xerox related engineering services commitments and fully leverages its expanded capabilities.
"The stronger our marketplace leadership, the more powerful our economic model becomes," continued Reichental. "Simply put, a solidified position translates directly to higher revenue, higher profitability and greater earnings power over time, and we are willing to sacrifice short term earnings to get there faster."
About 3D Systems
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3-D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3-D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated 3-D scan-based design, freeform modeling and inspection tools. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.
Since the invention of Xerography 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, we are the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, CT, more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations.
Source: 3D Systems and Xerox.