"Today marks a significant milestone for Stratasys and an important development for the 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing industry," said Scott Crump, chief executive officer and chairman of Stratasys. "We are bringing together two of the most innovative and respected players in the field to create a global leader in a high-growth industry. Together we will have a broader and more comprehensive product and technology portfolio, and the resources, team and financial strength to achieve our goals. Building on the success of both companies, I am confident that we will capitalize on the many opportunities this combination creates for our shareholders, channel partners, customers, employees and other important stakeholders. We look forward to completing this transaction and to building significant long-term value for our shareholders."
"We are excited to be joining forces with Stratasys," said David Reis, chief executive officer of Objet. "This transaction creates an organization that will provide a broad range of rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing applications to our customers, and the ability to bring exciting new products to the market. With an impressive technology portfolio, great talent, and an extensive sales and marketing channel, we will be well positioned to achieve efficient growth, expand our distribution reach and create value for all of our stakeholders. We look forward to working with Stratasys employees to take our combined company to the next level."
Strategic and Financial Benefits of Transaction
Impressive Product Portfolio: With an expansive product and technology portfolio, the combined company will offer customers the right solutions for a broad range of applications within a wide range of industry verticals. The combined company will offer complementary products and materials and bring together Objet's expertise in design verification and visualization with Stratasys' leadership in functional testing and direct digital manufacturing. The combined company will offer Stratasys' advanced FDM Technology, ideal for functional prototypes and applications requiring high levels of durability, Stratasys' Solidscape technology, used to make complex wax patterns for the investment casting process of finished parts, and Objet's PolyJet technology, which provides high resolution printing suited for rapid prototyping and applications that require high feature detail and a finer surface finish.
Expanded Sales and Marketing Reach: The combined sales and marketing organization will include more than 260 resellers and selling agent entities around the world, allowing customers to streamline purchasing processes and provide new access to solutions that address their needs. In addition, this combination will result in greater distribution reach and enhanced opportunities for cross selling into the combined company's installed base. The combined company will also offer improved customer service by joining two experienced teams capable of servicing a combined product line and technology portfolio.
Enhanced Capabilities and Scale: The merger will yield an even more impressive research and development team that includes a world class team of engineers and product developers. The combined company will be well positioned to remain at the forefront of innovation within a dynamic industry that is poised to transform the process of new product design and manufacturing. Together, Stratasys and Objet will have more capabilities to develop new consumables and systems than either Stratasys or Objet could alone. In addition, the combined company's competitive position is expected to be improved by a scaled organization with a more comprehensive reach.
Strong Leadership and Management Team: Scott Crump, co-founder, current CEO and chairman of Stratasys, together with Elchanan Jaglom, the current chairman of Objet, were the visionaries behind combining the two companies. Upon completion of the transaction Scott Crump and Elchanan Jaglom will continue to jointly provide visionary leadership for the combined company. Scott Crump will become full-time chairman of the combined company, leading innovation. Elchanan Jaglom will serve as chairman of the executive committee of the combined company. David Reis, current Objet CEO, will become CEO of the combined company, bringing proven executive leadership skills that will be critical in guiding the company toward future growth. David Reis has been CEO of Objet since 2009 and a member of the Objet board of directors since 2003. Prior to becoming CEO of Objet, he spent several years in the wide-format 2D printing industry as CEO and president at NUR Macroprinters and Scitex Vision.