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Company News| Creality Sells One 3D Printer Every 8 Seconds, Mass Production Team Immediately Expanding by 2 Times

COVID-19 has greatly exerted passive impacts on traditional retail market, but gave a big surge to online e-commerce business. According to data, the sales volume of electronic hair cutter has increased 13 times, and 4 times increase for automatic window cleaning robot. 3D printers, as one of the most helpful instruments for producing PPE during COVID-19, stimulated inestimable interests among communities.
“Since the COVID-19 outbreak, orders skyrocketed and our stock in overseas warehouses was gone immediately. In May, Creality has achieved a total shipment of 500,000 units in a single month, which is actually the total shipment of year 2019,” said Jack Chen, CEO of Creality, in an interview with 21st Century Business Herald.
Creality is a leading brand of consumer-grade FDM 3D printer in the global 3D printing community, famous for Ender-3 series and CR-10 series desktop DIY FDM 3D printers. In order to meet the large production demand, Creality has expanded 10,000㎡ for its production facility, and hire over 1,500 people to the production team, which helps to increase the production capacity by 2-3 times and to cope with the great surge in sales volume.
According to the date from AliExpress, the largest B2C cross-border e-commerce platform in China, during the period of COVID-19, the sales volume of 3D printer on the platform has doubled compared to that of the last year. Though sellers have already prepared more stock of 3D printers to the overseas warehouse in advance, the stocks were immediately selling out during the pandemic. Meanwhile, 3D printing filament (and 3D printing resins), its complementary products, also experienced a great surge in sales volume. Therefore, the output of 3D printing equipment increased significantly by 344.7% year-on-year in April.
Wang Mingqiang, vice president of Alibaba and general manager of AliExpress, pointed out that although China's offline foreign trade was declining, the online e-commerce business experienced a marked growth during the virus epidemic. “During the time, a lot of household electronics gained a boom, for instance, a 13 times sales increase for electric hair clippers, a 13 times sales increase for capsule coffee machine, a 4 times sales increase for window cleaning robot. At the same time, 3D printer is also such a good example going overseas via online shopping platforms.”
On the one hand, after the outbreak, Europe and the United States generally faced the dilemma of a lack of medical supplies and protective equipment. At the time, volunteers composed of 3D printing enthusiasts were playing an important role in helping make 3D printed PPE mitigate the plight. They pop up to e-commerce platforms such as Aliexpress and Amazon to purchase Made-in-China 3D printers which were later put into use for making 3D printed face masks, face shields, protective goggles, respirators, and even isolation wards to help cope with COVID-19.
On the other hand, COVID-19 has exerted a severe impact on the global supply chain. Due to the large scale lockdowns, the traditional supply chain is facing breakdowns in production, logistics, and even raw material supply shortage. 3D printing, therefore, is providing a new way of production due to its technology superiorities allowing quick, customizable, and on-demand production.
One Piece Every Eight Seconds, Sales Volume Soaring Up
Creality enjoyed worldwide fame for its popular desktop FDM 3D printers such as Ender-3 and CR-10 series. For Creality, over 50% of products are sold overseas.
According to the company, Creality has got a 150% YoY increase during the first quarter of 2020, 6 times YoY increase during March and April. In April, Creality received orders for a total amount of 160,000 3D printers during the first half of the month.
Li Xiang, head of the 3C electronics category on Aliexpress, said “Most of 3D printer sellers are running out of stock during the pandemic time. Since the COVID-19, the total sales volume of 3D printers has been doubled from last year.”