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Germany's Peri buys stake in Copenhagen 3D printing firm Cobod

Cobod is said to be working on several international tenders, particularly in the Middle East

One of Cobod's 3D concrete printers in action [image: Peri / Cobod].
One of Cobod's 3D concrete printers in action [image: Peri / Cobod].

Germany-headquartered formwork and scaffolding construction company Peri Group has acquired a stake in a Danish 3D concrete printing company named Cobod International, based in Copenhagen. Cobod is working on “several” active tenders for concrete printing projects in the Middle East region.

Cobod is a sister company of Danish firm 3D Printhuset. The company’s concrete printing developments began in 2015, with its “technological breakthrough” coming through in 2017, according to Peri. A so-called ‘building on-demand’ (BOD) was printing in Copenhagen by a 3D printer from Cobod, making it Europe’s first 3D-printed office building.

Peri said Cobod has “a wide range of 3D printers for residential construction”, and the company was “ahead of the field with its BOD2” model for the first EU-wide tender for 3D printers that could support housing construction. In addition to the Middle East, Cobod’s tenders are also under way in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

The formwork giant did not reveal the size of its acquisition in the press statement, but group management member Leonhard Braig said Peri had been “closely following the development of 3D concrete printing in the construction industry”.

Braig continued: “The currently available BOD2 3D printer from Cobod shows that the technology is now ready for the market. With the BOD building in Copenhagen, there is a first successful reference project. We are convinced that 3D printing will become considerably more important in the coming years in certain segments of our industry, especially in residential construction – together with Cobod, we now want to help this technology to a breakthrough on a broad basis.”

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Henrik Lund-Nielsen, chief executive officer of Cobod, added: “The fact that PERI is committed to Cobod impressively underlines the potential of 3D concrete printing in the construction industry.

“We look forward to the completely new opportunities that the partnership with Peri opens up to us and our customers around the world.”


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