Derby-based Gardner Aerospace acquires firm at “forefront of 3D printing”

Dominic Cartwright
Derby-based Gardner Aerospace has acquired FDM Digital Solutions Limited. Formed in 2012 by Graeme Bond, Burnley based FDM is at the “forefront of 3D printing” and has grown to become one of the UK’s leading polymer additive layer manufacturers.

FDM’s business model of customer collaboration and innovative design solutions, aligned with extensive manufacturing capability, has proven to be successful in the automotive, medical, motorsport, F1 and aerospace industries.

Going forward, the business will become part of the Gardner Technology Centre, a newly created business unit focused on advanced technology, innovative solutions and research and development.

Dominic Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer at Gardner Aerospace, says: “Gardner Aerospace is breaking new ground in terms of technology.

“The acquisition of FDM and the creation of our new Technology Centre business unit provides us with the perfect opportunity to expand our technical knowledge, R&D capability and product offering, and aligns us with our customers’ growing expectations on innovative solutions, continuous improvement and cost competitiveness.

“The role of 3D printing within manufacturing is constantly expanding and this newly acquired additive layer manufacturing capability complements Gardner’s long-standing capabilities as a producer of metallic detailed parts and sub-assemblies.”