MakerBot Announces National Distribution Agreement with Ingram Micro
MakerBot Announces National Distribution Agreement with Ingram Micro
Agreement Allows More Resellers to Sell MakerBot 3D Products in the U.S.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MakerBot, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is pleased to announce a relationship with Ingram Micro Inc., a Fortune 100 company and the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle and logistics solutions. Ingram Micro is now authorized as a U.S. distribution partner for MakerBot, bringing MakerBot products including the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner, as well as the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem, to resellers throughout the United States.
MakerBot has traditionally sold its products directly to North American customers through its own eCommerce site makerbot.com, its own MakerBot Store in New York City and a limited number of select resellers. In 2013, the company expanded its distribution by selling its products in Microsoft Retail Stores throughout the United States, as well as online through Amazon. The new relationship with Ingram Micro is the first time the company has used a large-scale independent distributor in the United States to further allocate its products.
"Teaming with Ingram Micro is expected to allow us to reach more resellers in the U.S. that can now sell our products directly," said Mark Schulze, vice president of sales for MakerBot. "We get calls every day from direct marketers and resellers asking for a relationship with MakerBot, and now, we can work with more of these companies through Ingram Micro, and expand the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem. It's a pretty exciting time as we see more rapid adoption of 3D printing and scanning not only in the engineering, architecture and industrial space, but also with more cutting-edge consumers."
Under the new agreement Ingram Micro will distribute MakerBot products, which include the award-winning MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the recently released MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, MakerBot® MakerWare™ Software, and MakerBot® Filaments. MakerBot also owns Thingiverse.com, one of the largest online digital design destinations for free 3D printed designs.
"We believe that working with Ingram Micro will help further our mission of leading the Next Industrial Revolution through 3D printing and scanning," said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.
"Ingram Micro is pleased to welcome MakerBot to our growing portfolio of industry-leading print and imaging solutions and stand-alone products," noted Ryan Grant, senior business unit director, Components and Document Imaging, Ingram Micro U.S. "We believe 3D printing and scanning represent a growing market for IT channel partners, and that Ingram Micro's dedicated document imaging business unit is well positioned to help MakerBot capitalize on the growing demand for these technologies."
The reseller and distribution agreement between MakerBot and Ingram Micro begins immediately. Ingram Micro is expected to be stocked and ready to resell MakerBot products this fall and throughout the holiday season.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives accessibility and rapid adoption of 3D printing and includes: Thingiverse.com, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot Replicator line of Desktop 3D Printers, MakerWare software, MakerCare, the MakerBot retail store, and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics' "Overall Winner" for best 3D printer, Time Magazine's "Best Inventions of 2012," Popular Mechanics' "Editor's Choice Award," Popular Science's "Product of the Year," Fast Company's "One of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics," and many more. Join the Next Industrial Revolution by following MakerBot at makerbot.com.
Stratasys Ltd. (NAS: SSYS) , headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company's patented FDM® and PolyJet® processes produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the company operates the RedEye On Demand digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1500 employees, holds over 500 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: stratasys.com or blog.stratasys.com.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro (NYS: IM) is the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving approximately 160 countries on six continents with the world's most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit ingrammicro.com.
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