Scaling a 3D Printing Business in the Middle East with Pir Arkam

Scaling a 3D Printing Business in the Middle East with Pir Arkam

Aditya Chandavarkar
Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology, training and consulting. Among other activities he the Co-Founder of Indian 3D Printing Network and is a subject matter expert on 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing with good grasp of Additive Manufacturing trends in the Region including India, APAC, Middleeast and Africa.
Manoj Pillai

Leading the AM division of Falcon Technologies International. Looking for growth through industrial applications in polymer and metal AM through, scaling locally, international collaborations and inorganic growth.

Dubai Future Foundation activated the 3D Printing Strategic Alliance in July 2020 under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai as part of the objective to make Dubai a global manufacturing hub and give a boost to 3D Printing Business.

In this Episode of AM Infocast, we connect with Pir Arkam, Founder and CEO of Proto 21 – one of the leaders in the 3d printing industry in the MENA region who are enabling individuals and businesses to explore the limitless possibilities of additive manufacturing in various sectors. Along with Joseph Group, Proto21 aims to serve the “3D Printing Strategy” and play their part in making Dubai the manufacturing hub of the world. 

Last year, Aditya Chandavarkar, Co-Founder, Indian 3D Printing Network and Managing Editor, AM Chronicle caught up with with Fahmi Al-Shawwa, CEO and Founder, Immensa Additive Manufacturing on AM Infocast To understand more about the scenario of the AM industry in the Middle East.

About Pir Arkam and Proto21

Proto21 was founded in the year 2018 by Pir Arkam, a mechatronics professional with a strong expertise and 9 years industry knowledge in additive manufacturing. Thanks to his years of hard work, determination and commitment, today, Proto21 has become the market leader in 3D printing industry in the MENA region. In Partnership with Joseph Group, Proto21 aims to serve the “3D Printing Strategy”, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Makhtoum to make Dubai the manufacturing hub of the world.  Their fully equipped 3D printing factory and highly experienced team enables  individuals and businesses to explore the limitless possibilities of additive manufacturing in various sectors like never before. It all started in from a small office space in Business Bay with only one 3D printer and a laptop. Today just after than 3 years our company has more than 50(and counting) 3D Printers. They have proudly established trust with the market leaders such as ADNOC, Adidas, Expo2020, Emirates Air Lines, Ministry of Defense, McDermott & Dubai Police just to name a few.

About Manoj Pillai (Co-Host)

Manoj Pillai currently works as Business Head of Jumbo 3D Manufacturing in Dubai. He has wide experience in developing Additive Manufacturing business from grounds up. He was working in Wipro Bangalore for 5 years and specializes in metal AM. He was instrumental in developing the metal AM market in India and helped major companies like GE, Boeing, Collins, Defense Research Development Organization, Indian Space Research Organization, LAM Research and other companies in their metal AM journey. He identified and initiated the first Aerospace certification program on an aero engine component for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the premier aerospace company in India. He was also closely associated with institutes like Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore in supporting their academic research in AM.

About AM Infocast

AM Infocast is a dedicated 3D printing podcast hosted by Aditya Chandavarkar, Co-Founder – AM Chronicle and Indian 3D Printing Network. AM Infocast features conversations with the best in the field of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing sharing their insights on latest tech developments, ongoing research and industry developments.

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Aditya Chandavarkar
Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology, training and consulting. Among other activities he the Co-Founder of Indian 3D Printing Network and is a subject matter expert on 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing with good grasp of Additive Manufacturing trends in the Region including India, APAC, Middleeast and Africa.
Manoj Pillai
AVP Commercial, Additive Manufacturing at Falcon Technologies International LLC

Leading the AM division of Falcon Technologies International. Looking for growth through industrial applications in polymer and metal AM through, scaling locally, international collaborations and inorganic growth.