From: Charles V. Norton (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Feb 08 2002 - 22:02:09 EET
Dear J7 & friends
My guess is EOS will be the competitor of choice as opposed to an SLA
EOS is claiming in press releases that the 1997 deal between 3 D & EOS gives
EOS rights to 3 D's sintering patents thru August 02. So if EOS actually
3 D may as well choose EOS. Sounds like EOS plans on coming anyway.
There's some background on DTM, EOS and 3 D. DTM was the worst performing
IPO of 1997 (out @ $8.00 down to $1.00 with shareholder suits etc.) and
some sentiment that DTM was going to become toast. Art Sims, then CEO of 3 D,
wasn't interested in acquisitions so trading sintering patents to EOS at
that point in
time was probably not a big deal.
Four years and two management teams later 3 D buys (or if you prefer
merges with) DTM.
The DOJ, after 3-4 months, OK's the deal with a condition that 3 D has to
allow a competitor
into the US market. Rumor has the choices as EOS or Tajent (sp?) SLS or SLA
The choice is important to equipment owners because it's bound to effect both
market and residual values. It's not a simple choice for 3 D either for
the same reasons.
At 12:57 PM 2/8/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>In a message dated 02-02-08 12:02:10 EST, J71950@aol.com writes:
><< Has anyone heard when the 3D/DTM merger will be approved by Department of
>May I call you J7?
>As others have pointed out the merger was approved a long time ago, but the
>big question was, What foreign company would 3D license to compete with them
>in the US market? Their deadline was 12/14/01, I think, but that was
>extendable by 60 days accdg to the DOJ.
>As of last week, there wasn't any further info and Valentine's Day now looms.
>Are there no appropriate suitors?
>Castle Island Co.
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