GKN Aerospace has acquired Sweden-based laser specialist Permanova Lasersystem AB.

This is part of the company’s strategy to improve its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities, speed up large scale AM industrialization, improve its supply chain and grow its business, GKN said.

Permanova Lasersystem, based in Gothenburg, supplies laser welding and laser metal deposition systems to GKN.

“The widespread adoption of AM will be an important aspect of the aerospace industry’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” a press release said.

“Additive manufacturing success requires three core capabilities: product know-how, process control and systems design,” added Joakim Andersson, president of GKN Aerospace’s engines division. This acquisition gives us strategic control of the systems design element so that we now have deep expertise in all three areas.”