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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Sustainable Manufacturing Solutions
The 5 manufacturing startups you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 sustainable manufacturing startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 651 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
AI Build – Factory-as-a-Service (FaaS)
Manufacturing requires high amount of investment in terms of labor, capital, and know-how to start a factory. This urges organizations to consider outsourcing manufacturing operations to retain a certain level of profitability. Besides, additive manufacturing (AM) provides an opportunity to shorten the production time at significantly lower costs. To this end, startups develop AM-enhanced FaaS solutions to make manufacturing more sustainable.
British startup AI Build leverages additive manufacturing technologies to offer FaaS solutions. AiSync, a 3D design software, integrates with AiMaker, a robotic end effector capable of 3D printing at high speeds. Moreover, AiSync continuously syncs with the hardware components to enable real-time monitoring. Further, AiSync enables the design of multi-axis toolpaths, not constrained by slicing layers which are usually time consuming and inefficient.
Sunthetics – Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing
Any process improvement that results in the reduction of carbon emissions improves the sustainability of operations. Chemical manufacturing involves a large amount of emissions that harm the environment. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources in chemical manufacturing reduces carbon emissions significantly to facilitate sustainable production of high quality chemicals.
The US-based startup Sunthetics develops sustainable reactor designs for the manufacture of chemicals. The startup leverages machine learning to enhance the energy efficiency of the electrochemical processes in the manufacture of adiponitrile (ADN). Further, the solution reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the overall production process.
Dataswati – Industrial Process Optimization
With the advent of Industry 4.0 technologies, industrial process optimization is essential to ensure steady profitability and market competitiveness. The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies enable the visualization of production lines. The increase in production visibility reveals gaps in the processes and allows companies to focus on solutions that increase the sustainability of manufacturing.
French startup Dataswati offers PowerOP, an industrial process optimization engine for the food and beverage industry. With the help of digital twins, the startup enables manufacturers to visualize their production lines, identify anomalies, and improve sustainability. Moreover, the startup’s solution is customizable for all kinds of businesses. It takes into account user validations and feedback, as well as accumulates relevant knowledge.
TeOra – Lab-on-a-Chip
Natural raw materials, such as flavors, fragrances, and dyes, used in various industries are most efficiently manufactured in industrial setups that produce a considerable amount of harmful carbon emissions. Lab-on-a-chip technology enables manufacturers to mass produce engineered microorganisms with use cases in various industries, including biotech and pharma. Startups and scaleups develop solutions that leverage lab-on-a-chip technology for sustainable production of natural materials using microbes.
Singaporean startup TeOra designs microbial factories to manufacture natural materials and replace synthetics. With the help of automated lab-on-a-chip microfluidic technology, the startup rapidly develops custom microorganisms that effectively increase the availability of sustainable raw materials. Moreover, the startup’s lab-on-a-chip technology enables the low-cost production of natural colors, flavors, fragrances, dyes, chemical-free fertilizers, and packaging material. The startup’s microbial factories find applications in multiple industries, including packaging, food and beverages, and chemical manufacturing.
Eco Metals Recover – Sustainable Mining
In mining, resource dwindling processes make the industry highly unsustainable. Artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision, and IoT technologies help mining companies to sustainably increase their productivity and increase profitability. To this end, startups and scaleups develop material separation technology for mining companies.
British startup Eco Metals Recover provides Separator, a patent pending materials separation technology for the gold mining industry. The startup’s solution is polymer based, cost effective, and has lightweight chemical free aerospace material components . Separator also leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics for data point steering resulting in better efficiency of gold mining.
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