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Out of 83, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Startups advancing Thermoforming
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 83 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 thermoforming startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 78 thermoforming solutions, get in touch.
Yenimack Makina produces High-Speed Thermoforming Machines
Thermoforming allows for the mass production of plastic products. Despite rising concerns over plastic pollution, disposable plastic packaging remains essential for the modern economy. Many socio-economically important industries require large volumes of material, for example, in pharma, food & beverage, textiles, or fast-moving consumer good (FMCG). In response to these challenges, startups develop high-speed thermoforming machines.
Yenimack Makina is a startup from Turkey that builds thermoforming machines to produce disposable plastic bowls, plates, lids, self-lidded containers, and vegetable or fruit containers. The startup offers two thermoforming machines, YM 450-650 and YM 650-850. In these high-speed machines, the startup employs the production technique with the lowest mold cost, in turn, minimizing overall production costs.
Vaqform develops a Desktop Vacuum Thermoformer
Machines used for thermoforming usually take a lot of space and are suitable only for large-scale usage. Smaller machines are developed to provide individuals and small businesses with customizable tools for thermoforming, allowing the creation of single or small-series objects. For designers, such tools provide quick ways for prototype creation.
Filipino startup Vaqform develops an innovative desktop vacuum thermoforming solution. The device works with a variety of materials, providing optimal settings for each material, so users need not memorize settings. Vaquform’s desktop thermoformer supports multiphase heating and cooling and, in conjunction with medical-grade infrared temperature sensors, provides accurate control over the heating processes. Also, the device uses hybrid vacuum technology, which utilizes both high airflow and high pressure to form plastic, previously used only in big thermoforming machines. This further enables designers to work with thick materials.
tForm offers Custom Thermoforming
Thermoforming requires lots of space but the small-to-medium volumes of orders are not executed efficiently. Often, businesses require low-volume production of multiple packages, which adds stress to the development and production processes. By using fast designing tools and efficient manufacturing processes, startups satisfy the needs of enterprises with low-volume thermoforming services.
tForm is a US-based startup offering thermoforming services from initial concept to designing and production. The startup offers a flexible production environment and handles the demands of high-mix and low-volume orders. The startup also delivers packaging solutions that reduce costs, lead times, and bottlenecks common in the packaging industry. tForm employs advanced computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D modeling, 3D printers, proprietary mold designs, and lean manufacturing techniques to deliver optimized thermoforming solutions.
matriq offers Watermarking for Plastic Products
Watermarking is a very useful technology that allows manufacturers to track their products from the production line to the consumer as well as post-consumer recycling. Also, watermarking has plenty of other features, like showing product information to the customers or protection against counterfeiting. The main challenges that startups address include applying these watermarks with lower costs and higher efficiency.
Swiss startup matriq offers a solution for the part-individual marking of plastic components. The startup’s DynamicMold technology allows watermarking directly in a forming machine and supports injection molding, blow molding, or thermoforming techniques. matriq also enables traceability with a unique marking for every plastic part, along with anticounterfeiting and digital date stamping. This solution is beneficial for manufacturers, retailers, and their extended networks, as well as end customers.
Gaia BioMaterials offers Biodegradable Materials for Thermoforming
Plastics are widely popular despite their large environmental impact on marine and land ecosystems. This is partly due to the ease of converting plastics into numerous industrial and consumer products. Startups and scaleups are working on a range of sustainable alternatives to plastics. From upcycling plastic waste into new products to creating substitutes of different plastics, emerging solutions aim to replace the widespread use of plastics.
Swedish startup Gaia BioMaterials produces biodegradable biomaterials for a wide variety of applications. Its Biodolomer compound is a mineral-filled biomaterial that is compostable and containing renewable resources. Biodolomer is suitable for a variety of blown-film applications ranging from organic waste bags, shopping bags, and agricultural film. Biodolomer is available for bottle blowing, thermoforming, and injection molded conversion. Further, the compound is made from calcium carbonate since it contains rejuvenating properties when it returns to the earth.
Discover more Manufacturing Startups
Manufacturing startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on compact and high-precision technologies and compatible materials as well as thermoforming techniques for enhancing performance. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the manufacturing industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more manufacturing technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Manufacturing Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.