Dubai’s RSA Global has become the latest logistics company to adopt on-demand 3D printing services. In a new partnership with Immensa Technology Labs, RSA Global plans to develop a ‘Virtual Warehouse’ for 3D printable parts.

Abhishek Ajay Shah, Co-Founder and Group CEO at RSA Global stated, “Technology has been one of the three pillars of RSA’s business strategy, aside from focusing on niche markets and being a value driven solutions provider,”

Digital Warehousing

RSA Global offers physical storage, distribution, transportation, and international freight with multiple locations around the world. With Immensa Labs’ ‘Virtual Warehouse’, RSA Global will be able to provide customers with on-demand inventory production capability.

Additionally customers will be able to experience a greater scope for customization in the production line. With the ‘Virtual Warehouse’, only the necessary number of parts are printed which could reduce material waste for RSA Global.

“We are proud to be working with leading groups such as RSA Global and their forward thinking leaders,” said Fahmi Al Shawwa, CEO of Immensa.

“RSA Global has positioned itself at the forefront of this technological evolution by choosing to adopt this game-changing solution, which will provide impressive added value by freeing up cash and reducing shipping and storage costs through a virtually managed inventory.”

3D Printing changes Logistics

The partnership between Immensa Technology Labs and RSA Global marks a growing trend for logistics companies implementing 3D printing into its stores.

Earlier this year, Swedish logistics company, PostNord Strålfors, partnered with Stratasys to provide 3D printing bureau services and delivery to customers in the Nordic region. In 2016, UPS partnered with 3D printing bureau Fast Radius, to implement 3D printers into UPS stores.

Similarly, in January, FedEx announced a new, 3D printing oriented, company named FedEx Forward Depots which will provide same-day delivery for local 3D printed parts.

On the partnership with RSA Gloabl, Immensa’s Al Shawwa reinforces this trend stating, “[3D printing] is catching the attention of logistics companies on a global level, with companies like UPS, FEDEX and many others taking steps to integrate it into their business.”

The future of digital storage

Immensa has a similar arrangement with Consolidated Contractors Company(CCC), creating a digital inventory of CCC’s spare parts for the construction industry.

Other companies have also made the leap to digitalization, such as the German railway company, Deutsche Bahn, which plans to have 13,000 parts digitized by 2019. And in 2017, German automobile company, Volkswagen, also announced plans to begin digitizing and 3D printing spare parts.

Shah concludes, “Immensa is a leader in its field and we are delighted to have this exclusive partnership with them as it comes to support our vision of being a third party supplier with the ability to offer customers a complete and seamless, integrated solution.”

This article first appeared in http://www.3dprintingindustry.com/ on 17th August, 2018.