We are happy to announce a successful acquisition of CA Models

We are happy to announce a successful acquisition of CA Models

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of CA Models, an additive manufacturing specialist based in Stirling, Scotland. The acquisition reinforces Prototal Industries’ market position in the UK, adds metal additive manufacturing to group offering and further enhances its general capabilities in delivering innovative manufacturing solutions.

The acquisition of CA Models marks a significant milestone in Prototal Industries’ growth strategy, demonstrating its commitment to expanding its presence and offerings to the manufacturing industry in the UK. The addition of CA Models to the group also adds important expert competence and capacity to the already established Prototal UK operations, located in Newbury, England.

We are thrilled to welcome CA Models into Prototal Industries. This strategic move aligns with our vision for growth and innovation and will strengthen our capabilities for production volumes with additive manufacturing. We are confident that the integration of our teams will be successful and further strengthen our position as the preferred production partner in Europe and the UK.

Jan Löfving, CEO, Prototal Industries

The acquisition of CA Models brings complementary strengths, expertise, and capabilities to Prototal Industries. It enables Prototal to offer a broader range of services and solutions, including metal additive manufacturing, 5-axis CNC machining, CNC turning, EDM wire erosion, CMM inspection, 3D scanning and a vast range of polymer additive manufacturing such as SLA and SLS, requiring highly intricate model making skills.

We are delighted to join the Prototal Industries family and are excited to contribute our skills and expertise to expand on the wide range of technology the group already has. With our strong experience in metal additive manufacturing and precision CNC machining, Prototal Industries can now offer its customers an even wider range of component manufacturing solutions.

Gregory Campbell, Operations Director of CA Models
Gregory Cambell, Operations Director, CA Models

The acquisition was completed on February 1st and Prototal Industries and CA Models are now working at full speed to secure a smooth and effective integration of the new team. Collectively, CA Models and the Prototal UK team will have an expanded market presence, enabling Prototal to reach a wider audience and serve customers more effectively and efficiently across the United Kingdom.

For more information about Prototal Industries and the recent acquisition, please contact Jan Löfving at +46 (0)765-387222 or jan.lofving@prototalindustries.com.

About CA Models

Established in 1983, CA Models has been setting the standard for excellence in the manufacturing industry for over 40 years. Specialising in additive manufacturing, precision CNC machining and specialist model making, CA Models is committed to providing customers with a quality product and responsive service. This is achieved through CA Models unique blend of market-leading technologies and model making craftsmanship. CA Models is an established, revered rapid prototyping and model making business, working across many industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Formula 1, Defence, Medical Device, Oil and Gas and Product Design. Read more at www.camodels.co.uk.


1zu1, member of Prototal, sets course for the future

1zu1, member of Prototal, sets course for the future

Founders Hannes Hämmerle and Wolfgang Humml hand over management of the company.

Thomas Kohler (50) has taken over the management of the Dornbirn-based high-tech company 1zu1 on June 1, 2023. The long-standing sales manager succeeds the two founders Hannes Hämmerle and Wolfgang Humml, who are handing over the reins after 27 years. 

With the internal solution, the Swedish Prototal Group as owner continues the long-term successful course of the company. 1zu1 is planning around ten percent growth for 2023 and has established itself in 3D printing, vacuum and injection molding throughout Europe as a series manufacturer for batch sizes of up to 100,000 units.

”1zu1 stands for state-of-the-art technologies, innovative spirit and appreciation. With the highest quality standards, we will continue to accompany our customers from prototype to series product in the future,” emphasizes Thomas Kohler.

The long-standing sales manager of the Dornbirn-based high-tech company has taken over the management from the two founders Hannes Hämmerle and Wolfgang Humml as of June 1, 2023. They say goodbye after 27 years together and are still available to 1zu1 until the end of the year in an advisory capacity. ”We are pleased about the optimal continuation of our life’s work. With Thomas and the management team, the company is in the best of hands,” says Humml happily. 1zu1 is ideally positioned in terms of technology, personnel and space to continue on its successful path as a pioneer,” says Hämmerle with conviction.

Ideal succession solution

With the internal change of management, owner Prototal guarantees a continuous transition and sustainable further development in the spirit of the founders.

”The know-how, consistency and high quality of 1zu1 are central building blocks for our path to becoming the market leader in Central and Northern Europe. Thomas Kohler, with his vast experience and the trust of customers, partners and employees, is the ideal choice at 1zu1,” emphasizes Jan Löfving, CEO of Prototal Group.

The Swedish group acquired the company, which was founded in 1996, in February 2022. Currently, the international Prototal network includes eleven companies specializing in 3D printing, vacuum and injection molding in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Italy and Austria.

Many years of experience

Thomas Kohler has been with 1zu1 for 23 years and, as Sales Manager, is responsible for the entire DACH region. As the new Managing Director, he wants to continue the company’s growth course. A ten percent increase in sales is planned for 2023. In doing so, the company is pushing series production for plastic parts in 3D printing, vacuum and injection molding, offering cost-efficient total solutions as a technological full-service provider and intensifying partnerships within the network. The multiple award-winning training company and award-winning employer relies above all on its own training of skilled workers. Around one third of the employees are former apprentices. ”Family values and a long-term perspective will continue to shape 1zu1 in the future. We retain our strengths, remain reliable partners and are open to new opportunities and challenges,” says Thomas Kohler.

Thomas Kohler took over the management of 1zu1 from Dornbirn on June 1, 2023.
Photos: Darko

About 1zu1

1zu1 Prototypen GmbH & Co KG, based in Dornbirn (Vorarlberg/Austria), produces prototypes, small series and series parts made of plastic. The high-tech company manufactures using 3D printing and vacuum casting, as well as injection molding with aluminum molds made in-house – in a clean room if required. A variety of surface and printing technologies round out the full-service provider’s offerings. Founded in 1996, the company has been part of the Swedish Prototal Group since 2022 and currently employs 160 people. Its customers include international medical and laboratory technology groups, well-known equipment and power tool manufacturers, and industrial goods producers.

Prototal Damvig achieves ISO 14001

Prototal Damvig achieves ISO 14001

Prototal Damvig will be certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard in spring 2023!

Prototal Industries would like to congratulate Prototal Damvig on expanding their certifications in environmental management. Prototal Damvig has met the requirements to receive the ISO 14001 certification, which commits them to strive for the lowest waste of resources and as little pollution as possible.

Among other things, they have also committed to using and continuously expanding an environmental management system that supports their ambitions. They are dedicated to ensuring that their employees have a high level of competence to consistently meet their environmental goals.

The new ISO 14001 certification is a visible proof of the behavior and culture they have practiced for years. See certifications.

Working with design and construction requires a high level of accuracy and precision. That’s why we at Prototal Industrie always strive to meet these requirements.

Prototal Industries continues to expand – acquires the Swedish company Addema AB

Prototal Industries continues to expand – acquires the Swedish company Addema AB

Acquisition of the Swedish company Addema AB

Through the acquisition of the Swedish company Addema AB, Prototal further strengthen its capacity in additive manufacturing for both serial production and prototypes.  

Today, Prototal Industries announced the acquisition of the Swedish company Addema AB. Addema, based in Jönköping, is a global supplier of components that are produced using additive manufacturing. The company was founded in 2014 and production takes place in brand new premises, where quality, development and customer focus are key to their operations. Addema supply their customers with SLS and SLA parts in many different materials and with the highest quality.

Samuel Löfstrand and Claes Sjödahl are the founders of Addema and both of them will continue to work within the group in similar roles as they have today.

“Prototal continues to grow, and we are extremely proud and happy that Addema want to join us on our journey. The acquisition strengthens our previously combined capacity and will be a natural part of our business. Both the founders Claes and Samuel has extensive experience in additive manufacturing. We are absolutely convinced that Addema will fit perfectly into the Prototal Group”, says Jan Löfving, CEO of Prototal Industries, and adds:

“As a growing company, determined to consolidate its position as the market leader in Europe, it is always important to gain more experience and knowledge. The acquisition of Addema will help us on that journey.”

As part of the Prototal group, Addema’s customers will now have access to Prototal’s entire portfolio of technologies and materials.

It feels great to be a part of the Prototal Group. Prototal as the owner of Addema will provide our customers with a much broader product and technology platform. In addition, it will also result in an increased level of service in terms of capacity, competence, and delivery”, says Claes Sjödahl.

Addema AB is the eleventh company to be part of the Prototal Group. Prototal offers digital manufacturing of plastic components with 3D printing, vacuum casting and injection molding. The company has a turnover of €80 million and approximately 380 FTEs with headquarters in Jönköping. Prototal has eleven sites in six different countries – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, UK, Austria and Italy.

Introducing a new material – ALM 603 CF

Introducing a new material – ALM 603 CF

The Prototal Group can now offer a new material: ALM Nylon Carbon – available in Europe exclusively at Prosilas, part of the Prototal Group.

In October, the new ALM 603 CF material is going to be processed in Prosilas laboratories. Composed by NylonPA12 +CarbonFiber, it is the excellent result of a new formulation.

This composite allows Prosilas to 3D print functional parts suitable for even the most extreme applications in the #automotive, #motorsport and sports equipment fields.

Prosilas is currently the only service bureau in Europe to process this material. In our laboratories #ALM603CF is sintered through SLS 3D printers with powder bed technique. 

It is an ultra-performing material that guarantees: 

  •  Dimensional stability,
  •  Tensile strength also on the Z axis
  •  Optimal surface resolution.

Contact us to find out more about the new material and application opportunities: prosilas.com.

Introducing: Powerfuse S from DyeMansion

Introducing: Powerfuse S from DyeMansion

Exciting news! We are now expanding our post-processing capabilities with the Powerfuse S from DyeMansion

Vapor smoothing delivers sealed and washable parts with injection molding like surfaces. The technology can be used on both hard and flexible materials and is an eco-friendly process.

Advantages & improved part properties:  

  •  Injection molding-like surfaces –  inside and out
  •   Sealed and washable surfaces (food, medical, other chemicals) – great for applications in sports/lifestyle sector or medical sector where parts have body contact
  •   Improved stability & airtightness 
  •  Reduced friction
  •  Bacteria inhibition

In the coming weeks we will show everything you need to know about vapor smoothing. Stay tuned!