Video: 3D Printing - Opportunity or Threat for 3PLs?

Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk shares his thoughts on the future of 3D Printing


eft’s recent European flagship logistics and supply chain event, the 3PL Summit and Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum, explored the industry game changers, opportunities and technologies facing senior executives from 3PL  providers and their customers. The top level speaker faculty shared their exclusive inside knowledge and top takeaways on a number of the key issues affecting the industry.


Recent innovations in technology have dominated supply chain discussions, with 3D printing taking centre stage.  Some recent findings from eft research highlighted that nearly 20% of those transport, logistics and supply chain executives surveyed were currently using 3D printing to some degree.  Just under 40% believed 3D printing would have the most impact on increased customisation.


The 3D printing session at the 3PL Summit attracted a lot of interested parties as Martin Wegner, VP Solutions and Innovation at DHL Innovation kicked off the conversation debating how 3D printing might impact both manufacturing and consumer behaviour.  Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO at Jan De Rijk joined Martin later to express his views on how implementation of 3D printing may affect the air cargo business.


The eft team caught up with Sebastiaan Scholte after his presentation to further explore his perspective on 3D printing in this short video interview.


According to Sebastiaan, who has more than 16 years in the air cargo and logistics industry , 3D printing is “going to change and revolutionise traditional manufacturing but I think it’s going to enhance it instead of replacing it…”

He believes that there is still a long way to go in terms of the speed of 3D printing but “it will help develop prototypes faster….and you will improve production”. 

Sebaastian predicts: “It’s an interesting development but it’s not going to change a lot in the industry”.


For the latest logistics and supply chain trends check out the Hi-Tech & Electronics Supply Chain Summit on May 21-22nd in Amsterdam and the 3PL Summit & Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum on June 11-13th in Chicago.


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