Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the manufacturing sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising manufacturing-as-a-service startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Manufacturing-as-a-Service Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of manufacturing. For this research, we identified 278 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies are chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & scaleups developing innovative manufacturing-as-a-service solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 278 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Beelse – Cloud Manufacturing
Manufacturing-as-a-Service allows companies to manufacture their products without investing in massive infrastructure. Often, manufacturers outsource only a part of their production to MaaS providers. Regardless of the scale of outsourcing, these solutions usually employ cloud manufacturing to offer customers full control and insights into the manufacturing process.
French startup Beelse provides cloud-based solutions for manufacturing. The startup allows for on-demand production in locations around the world to enable companies to manufacture close to their customers. The solution reduces the manufacturing lead time as well as the costs of industrial parts.
Screvle – Smart Electronics Production
Electronics find applications in almost every facet of industrial operations. Producers in different industries often have very specific and niche electronics needs. Startups & scaleups that offer electronics manufacturing services (EMS), design and manufacture electronics for all use cases. This allows companies to manufacture electronics closer to their markets.
Belgian startup Screvle develops a hardware and software platform for smart electronics production. The platform helps manufacturers throughout the product development process, with support for ideation, concept validation, engineering and manufacturing, and iterations. Further, this solution suits the needs of business-to-business (B2B) companies that offer custom electronics.
Argonaut – Drug Product Manufacturing
Since scaling-up production in the pharmaceutical industry requires a massive initial investment in infrastructure, it is often not viable for startups. Contract manufacturing startups and companies offer solutions for the manufacture of all kinds of drugs. This pushes innovation by allowing pharma startups to focus on drug discovery and reduces the time to market for crucial therapies.
The US-based startup Argonaut works on medicine manufacturing-as-a-service. The contract manufacturer offers services for formulation, fill and finish, as well as quality control and assurance. The startup’s production minimizes drug substance loss, reduces risk from particulates, is non-destructive, and packages drugs into different vial sizes and dosing ranges.
3D Print Western – Rapid Prototyping
Additive manufacturing takes a computer-aided-design (CAD) file and turns it into a three-dimensional object. This technology is disrupting the industry by enabling faster production of lighter and stronger parts. Another major benefit of the technology is that it allows for the rapid prototyping of parts and products. Looking for faster iterations, manufacturers send their designs to startups that offer rapid prototyping as a service.
Canadian startup 3D Print Western offers additive manufacturing services. The startup’s solutions work with a wide range of materials and offer rapid prototyping and production of functional and custom parts. For manufacturers, 3D Print Western provides custom-built jigs, dies, and molds, as well as fixtures, gauges, and patterns.
MagicMon – Custom Products
Consumer-centric brands are on the rise, particularly in e-commerce. Brands also look to offer custom products to their employees and clients. This creates a need for manufacturing solutions that cater to custom branding products. Startups are offering MaaS to help brands get access to custom products.
Singaporean startup MagicMon provides manufacturing-as-a-service for brands and individuals. The startup’s manufacturing solutions include a wide range of custom products, such as cups, bags, t-shirts, and pillows, in any quantities required by the customer. The customers do not need to possess manufacturing or design skills and are assisted by MagicMon’s representatives.
What About The Other 273 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence that enables you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 manufacturing-as-a-service startups showcased above are promising examples out of 278 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.