Stratasys’ first sustainability report champions its commitment to Mindful Manufacturing

29th April 2022

Stratasys has outlined its commitment to a sustainable future for additive manufacturing after publishing its first ever report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities.

SYS Systems, the UK Platinum Partner for Stratasys, is proud to support the work being done by the world-leaders in 3D printing solutions to ensure that additive manufacturing increasingly plays a part in reducing the environmental impacts of manufacturing, maximising sustainability over time, all while helping to support business growth.

Rob Thompson, SYS Systems Sales Manager, said: “The environmental impact of manufacturing is coming under ever-increasing scrutiny, and with problems surrounding supply chain, worker shortages and high demand for materials, more and more manufacturers are looking at alternatives.

“Additive manufacturing can provide the answer to so many problems faced on the modern shopfloor and across a wide range of industries and applications. We are excited at the potential of 3D printing, not just in revolutionising processes for manufacturers in the UK and across the world, but at how much of an impact it can have on the sustainability of manufacturing.

“Stratasys is taking a leading role in advocating for more mindful manufacturing and SYS Systems is proud to play its part in working towards a more sustainable future.”

Stratasys’ sustainability priorities include design for responsible production and consumption, transparency, people-first initiatives, social impact programs, renewable energy projects, quality education, industry innovation and climate action.

Stratasys CEO Dr Yoav Zeif said: “I believe that global manufacturing is at a crossroads. Due to growing pressure to address supply chain challenges and energy efficiency needs, 3D printing is increasingly being explored to meet such business goals. I believe that during 2022 and into the next decade, rapid growth in the adoption of manufacturing-scale 3D printing will bring additional innovation to the market, improve supply chains and reduce environmental impact.

“With growing adoption, advanced software platforms, and collaboration with industry-leading customers around the world, the Stratasys portfolio will continue to provide transformative technology to support the factory of the future.

“Together with our corporate purpose of empowering people to create without limits for an economical, personalised, and sustainable world, this report reflects our deep commitment to a comprehensive, industry-leading ESG strategy.”

There is a growing recognition of the potential for additive manufacturing to achieve environmental goals by reducing energy consumption and waste. For example, when compared to traditional manufacturing methods like CNC, during which materials are cut and excess is discarded, 3D printing can reduce material costs and reduce waste by almost 90%, while lowering energy consumption by a quarter to 50%.

Additionally, industries like aerospace are showing a growing interest in lightweight polymer parts, which are designed to improve fuel economy without compromising durability and reliability. One global airline found that the reduction of one pound (0.45kg) of weight from an aircraft can save up to 14,000 gallons (53,000 litres) of fuel per year, driving substantial savings over its lifecycle. Stratasys estimates the polymer 3D printing market in aviation alone will grow to $1.6 billion by the end of 2025, an 18% annual growth rate, aided by advancements in lightweight 3D-printed parts.

Rosa Coblens, Stratasys Vice President of Sustainability, said: “As a leading global polymer 3D printing solutions provider, we have the ability to make a measurable impact on some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from building circularity into the economy to creating more inclusive educational opportunities.

“Given our position as a sustainability leader, this report demonstrates our long-term commitment to continuous self-evaluation and improvement, to helping industries be more operationally and economically efficient, and reducing supply chain reliance so we can improve our planet.”

The Stratasys 2020-2021 ESG & Sustainability Report is publicly available online at www.stratasys.com/sustainability.

To take your first steps to Mindful Manufacturing, get in touch with the expert team at SYS Systems today.

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