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Roland DG has announced the transfer of its digital businesses to a new, wholly-owned subsidiary, DGSHAPE Corporation. (Image: Roland DG)
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Roland DG to establish new 3-D business brand, DGSHAPE

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HAMAMATSU, Japan: In order to increase visibility for its growing 3-D segment, Japanese manufacturer Roland DG has announced the transfer of its digital businesses, consisting of the development and sales of 3-D milling machines, 3-D printers, engraving machines and photographic impact printers, to a new, wholly-owned subsidiary, DGSHAPE Corporation. The spin-off, which begins operating in April, will be located at the Roland DG headquarters in Hamamatsu.

According to the company, its series of DWX dental milling machines has become a major driver of growth of Roland’s 3-D business, accounting for 60 per cent of sales in the segment in 2016. In addition, industrial inkjet printer sales accounted for 70 per cent of digital printing business sales in the same period. Consequently, the company decided to embark on restructuring its dentistry-focused 3-D business by launching it under the new brand of DGSHAPE and transferring it to an autonomous company.

“Spinning the 3-D business off as a separate company would allow the management of DGSHAPE to implement speedy decision-making and business execution,” commented Roland DG President Hidenori Fujioka on the decision to transfer the business to a new subsidy. “Led by a young executive team—Representative Director, President and CEO Kohei Tanabe is 39 years old—I hope DGSHAPE will advance the innovative concept of 3-D digital fabrication, exploit next-generation technologies, and take bold steps to develop cutting-edge products and solutions.”

In addition to Tanabe, Hisashi Bito will serve as Director and Chief Technology Officer, Kouichi Hashimoto as Outside Director, and Toru Kajikawa as Audit and Supervisory Board Member. The executive board will be formally appointed at an extraordinary general meeting in March.

More information about DGShape can be found at www.rolandeasyshape.com. International Dental Show attendees can visit the company’s booth D040–E041 in Hall 10.1.

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