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DPE eyes rapid 3D printer exit through potential SLM Solutions IPO

14 Mar 2014

SLM 3D printerGermany’s DPE Deutsche Private Equity is reportedly eyeing a fast turnaround of 3D printer maker SLM Solutions after it hired Deutsche bank and Credit Suisse to run an IPO.

DPE only bought into SLM in April last year, and is hoping to benefit from a boom in the sector according to Reuters, which cited two sources familiar with the matter.

One said that other options for attracting capital, like taking on board additional owners, were being considered.

SLM focuses on emerging laser-based technology, used in production applications across the aerospace, automotive, tool engineering, dental and medical sectors.

DPE, which was launched in 2007, provide growth capital to companies in sectors it believes have good long-term growth prospects.

It operates exclusively in German-speaking countries, and has an initial committed capital of €250m.

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