Next Global Tech 50: Smart Manufacturing

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Upon the first three industrial revolutions that fundamentally transformed our modern society, the manufacturing industry in today’s world especially the dominating areas has a promising start to endow intelligence into machines and even redefine the world with strong pillars of innovations in materials, production processes and information technology. This list is designed to provide a broad view of the current ecosystem, with the most promising startups globally in the sector. In that case, most of the companies in this list are in the early-stage or mid-stage globally with the most potential. (Sub-industries mainly include: industrial robots, 3D printing & prototyping, machine vision & IIoT, commercial spaceflight).

Number of Laureates: 50
Company Country Category Founded year Founders Description
3D Hubs
Netherlands
3D printing & prototyping
2013
Bram de Zwart, Brian Garret, Filemon Schöffer
3D Hubs makes manufacturing easy from prototyping to production.
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3D Hubs makes manufacturing easy from prototyping to production.
ATTAbotics
Canada
Robotics
2015
Jacques LaPointe, Rob Cowley, Scott Gravelle, Tony Woolf
ATTAbotics provides a robotic warehousing and fulfillment system that has the potential to redefine the market.
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ATTAbotics provides a robotic warehousing and fulfillment system that has the potential to redefine the market.
Automata
UK
Robotics
2015
Mostafa ElSayed, Suryansh Chandra
Automata is a deep-tech company that creates products that empower people to automate physical work.
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Automata is a deep-tech company that creates products that empower people to automate physical work.
Automation Anywhere
US
Machine vision & automation
2003
Ankur Kothari, Mihir Shukla, Neeti Mehta
Automation Anywhere is an enterprise-grade, cognitive Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform.
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Automation Anywhere is an enterprise-grade, cognitive Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform.
Benewake
China
Machine vision & automation
2015
Li Yuan, Feng Yuzhi
Benewake is a lidar developer, focusing on the R&D and manufacturing of DE-LiDAR.
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Benewake is a lidar developer, focusing on the R&D and manufacturing of DE-LiDAR.
Bright Machines
US
Robotics
2018
Amar Hanspal
Bright Machines brings together flexible factory robots with intelligent software, production data and machine learning.
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Bright Machines brings together flexible factory robots with intelligent software, production data and machine learning.
Built Robotics
US
Robotics
2016
Andrew Liang, Noah Ready-Campbell
Built Robotics transforms heavy equipment into autonomous robots for the $1 trillion earthmoving industry.
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Built Robotics transforms heavy equipment into autonomous robots for the $1 trillion earthmoving industry.
CELLINK
US
3D printing & prototyping
2012
rik Gatenholm, Hector Martinez
Cellink is a newly optimized bench-top bioprinter for the ultimate bioprinting of human tissues.
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Cellink is a newly optimized bench-top bioprinter for the ultimate bioprinting of human tissues.
CloudMinds
US
Robotics
2015
Bill Huang, Robert Zhang
CloudMinds is developing an end-to-end ecosystem to support cloud connected smart machines.
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CloudMinds is developing an end-to-end ecosystem to support cloud connected smart machines.
ELITE
China
Robotics
2016
Cao Yunan
ELITE is a industrial robotics developer and manufacturer.
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ELITE is a industrial robotics developer and manufacturer.
Exotec Solutions
France
Robotics
2015
Renaud Heitz, Romain Moulin
Exotec Solutions offers an innovative order preparation system, based on a fleet of collaborative mobile robots.
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Exotec Solutions offers an innovative order preparation system, based on a fleet of collaborative mobile robots.
Fast Radius
US
3D printing & prototyping
2015
David Crowder, John Nanry, Lou Rassey, Mitch Free, Pat McCusker, Rick Smith
Fast Radius is a production-grade additive manufacturing solutions provider.
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Fast Radius is a production-grade additive manufacturing solutions provider.
Fetch Robotics
US
Robotics
2014
Melonee Wise
Fetch Robotics provides the market’s only cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution for warehousing intralogistics environments.
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Fetch Robotics provides the market’s only cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution for warehousing intralogistics environments.
Fictiv
US
3D printing & prototyping
2013
Dave Evans, Nathan Evans
Fictiv operates a manufacturing platform that enables users to design, develop, and deliver fabricate parts.
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Fictiv operates a manufacturing platform that enables users to design, develop, and deliver fabricate parts.
Flytrex
Israel
Others
2013
Amit Regev, Yariv Bash
Flytrex Aviation offers tailored, end-to-end drone delivery solutions based on its proprietary cloud technology.
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Flytrex Aviation offers tailored, end-to-end drone delivery solutions based on its proprietary cloud technology.
Formlabs
US
3D printing & prototyping
2011
David Cranor, Maxim Lobovsky, Natan Linder
Formlabs develops powerful and accessible 3D printing systems designed for printing intricate figures.
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Formlabs develops powerful and accessible 3D printing systems designed for printing intricate figures.
GreyOrange
Singapore
Robotics
2011
Akash Gupta, Samay Kohli, Wolfgang Hoeltgen
GreyOrange designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotic systems for automation in warehouse, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.
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GreyOrange designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotic systems for automation in warehouse, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.
Innoviz Technologies
Israel
Machine vision & automation
2016
Amit Steinberg, Omer David Keilaf, Oren Buskila, Oren Rosenzweig, Zohar Zisapel
Innoviz delivers the vision and intelligence required for the mass-production of autonomous vehicles.
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Innoviz delivers the vision and intelligence required for the mass-production of autonomous vehicles.
Instana
US
Machine vision & automation
2015
Fabian Lange, Mirko Novakovic, Pavlo Baron, Pete Abrams
Instana is an APM solution that automatically monitors dynamic modern apps.
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Instana is an APM solution that automatically monitors dynamic modern apps.
inVia Robotics
US
Robotics
2015
Daniel Parks, Lior Elazary, Randolph Voorhies
inVia Robotics provides next-generation robotics warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce distribution centers and supply chains.
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inVia Robotics provides next-generation robotics warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce distribution centers and supply chains.
ioranges
China
Robotics
2014
Shao Yongfeng
ioranges Automation is an AI & Robotics Company.
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ioranges Automation is an AI & Robotics Company.
Jaka
China
Robotics
2014
Li Mingyang
Jaka robot is an industrial robot developer, which is dedicated to building intelligent factories with robot technology, focusing on the market, engineering design, construction, and intelligent equipment production lines.
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Jaka robot is an industrial robot developer, which is dedicated to building intelligent factories with robot technology, focusing on the market, engineering design, construction, and intelligent equipment production lines.
Laifual
China
Robotics
2013
Zhang Jie
Laifual Drive mainly engaged in research and manufacture of high-precision harmonic reducers and planetary gear reducers.
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Laifual Drive mainly engaged in research and manufacture of high-precision harmonic reducers and planetary gear reducers.
LANDSPACE
China
Aerospace
2015
Zhang Changwu
LandSpace is a Chinese company engaged in the development and operation of rockets.
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LandSpace is a Chinese company engaged in the development and operation of rockets.
Locus Robotics
US
Robotics
2014
Bruce E. Welty
Locus Robotics is a warehouse robotics company that manufactures autonomous, mobile robots to support e-commerce.
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Locus Robotics is a warehouse robotics company that manufactures autonomous, mobile robots to support e-commerce.
LuxCreo
China
3D printing & prototyping
2017
Yao Zhifeng, Robert Yao, Lu Yisi, Li Fang
LuxCreo is a 3D printing manufacturer, dedicated to large-scare 3D-printing manufacturing, covering software, hardware and materials.
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LuxCreo is a 3D printing manufacturer, dedicated to large-scare 3D-printing manufacturing, covering software, hardware and materials.
Markforged
US
3D printing & prototyping
2013
Gregory Mark
Markforged is a manufacturing company that invents a new 3D printing process to build parts with the strength of Continuous Carbon Fiber.
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Markforged is a manufacturing company that invents a new 3D printing process to build parts with the strength of Continuous Carbon Fiber.
Mech-Mind Robotics
China
Robotics
2017
Shao Tianlan
Mech-Mind is dedicated to giving intelligence to industrial robots. 
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Mech-Mind is dedicated to giving intelligence to industrial robots. 
MegaRobo
China
Robotics
2016
Daniel Huang, Qiao Zhixin
MegaRobo is an AI & Robotics Company based in Beijing,China.
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MegaRobo is an AI & Robotics Company based in Beijing,China.
Novelda AS
Norway
Machine vision & automation
2004
Dag Wisland
Novelda is a sensor company specializing in nanoscale wireless low-power technology for ultra-high resolution impulse radar.
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Novelda is a sensor company specializing in nanoscale wireless low-power technology for ultra-high resolution impulse radar.
Nowi
Netherlands
Machine vision & automation
2015
Omar Link, Simon van der Jagt
Nowi is developing a Power Module (energy harvesting PMIC) that enables IoT sensors to live forever.
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Nowi is developing a Power Module (energy harvesting PMIC) that enables IoT sensors to live forever.
nTopology
US
Robotics
2015
Bradley Rothenberg, Greg Schroy
nTopology us an engineering software for advanced manufacturing.
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nTopology us an engineering software for advanced manufacturing.
OneWeb
UK
Aerospace
2012
Greg Wyler
OneWeb is building a space-based global communications network that will deliver high-speed, low latency internet access everywhere.
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OneWeb is building a space-based global communications network that will deliver high-speed, low latency internet access everywhere.
Ouster
US
Machine vision & automation
2016
Angus Pacala, Mark Frichtl
Ouster builds high-resolution 3D lidar sensors for use in autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, mapping, mining, defense, and more.
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Ouster builds high-resolution 3D lidar sensors for use in autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, mapping, mining, defense, and more.
QKM (Quotient Kinematics Machine)
China
Robotics
20111
Shi Jinbo, Yu Chunhua, Li Zexiang
QKM that the global manufacturing enterprises to provide superior products and services for robot mission to become a leader in robot.
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QKM that the global manufacturing enterprises to provide superior products and services for robot mission to become a leader in robot.
Reinlight
China
Machine vision & automation
2016
Tian Kehan, Yin Xiaodong
Reinlight is committed to the design, manufacture and application of advanced diffractive optics and micro-nano optics, providing customers with complete diffractive optics solutions.
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Reinlight is committed to the design, manufacture and application of advanced diffractive optics and micro-nano optics, providing customers with complete diffractive optics solutions.
Relativity Space
US
Aerospace
2016
Jordan Noone, Tim Ellis
Relativity is a company that is automating aerospace manufacturing through robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology.
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Relativity is a company that is automating aerospace manufacturing through robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology.
Rocksensor
China
Machine vision & automation
2010
Wang Xujian
RKS is specialized in the design and manufacture of industrial automation equipment, especially high accuracy pressure instruments.
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RKS is specialized in the design and manufacture of industrial automation equipment, especially high accuracy pressure instruments.
Saildrone
US
Others
2012
Richard Jenkins
Saildrone is collecting ocean data to derive planetary insights using a fleet of sailing drones.
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Saildrone is collecting ocean data to derive planetary insights using a fleet of sailing drones.
SLAMTEC
China
Machine vision & automation
2013
Jacky Li, Ling Lin
SLAMTEC is focusing on the development and application of robot autonomous localization and navigation solution as well as related core sensors. 
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SLAMTEC is focusing on the development and application of robot autonomous localization and navigation solution as well as related core sensors. 
Soft Robotics 
US
Robotics
2013
Carmichael Roberts, George Whitesides
Soft Robotics opens new markets to automation through the application and commercialization of its proprietary soft robotics technology.
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Soft Robotics opens new markets to automation through the application and commercialization of its proprietary soft robotics technology.
Softomotive
UK
Machine vision & automation
2015
Argyris Kaninis, Marios Stavropoulos
Softomotive is a software company that provides Robotic Process Automation technology for organizations digital workforce development.
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Softomotive is a software company that provides Robotic Process Automation technology for organizations digital workforce development.
Spacety
China
Aerospace
2015
Yang Feng, Ren Weijia
Spacety is a commercial microsatellite start-up that offers science and technology validation experiments for spacecrafts.
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Spacety is a commercial microsatellite start-up that offers science and technology validation experiments for spacecrafts.
Tempo Automation
US
3D printing & prototyping
2013
Jeff McAlvay, Jesse Koenig, Katherine Scott, Shashank Samala
Tempo is the world’s fastest electronics manufacturer for prototyping and low-volume production of PCBA.
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Tempo is the world’s fastest electronics manufacturer for prototyping and low-volume production of PCBA.
Terran Orbital
US
Aerospace
2013
Anthony Previte, Marc Bell
Terran Orbital are the leading innovators and providers of picosatellites, cubesats, and nanosatellites.
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Terran Orbital are the leading innovators and providers of picosatellites, cubesats, and nanosatellites.
Tulip Interfaces
US
Machine vision & automation
2014
Natan Linder, Rony Kubat
Tulip is a spinout from MIT, brings the power of Industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the manufacturing workforce via its app platform.
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Tulip is a spinout from MIT, brings the power of Industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the manufacturing workforce via its app platform.
UrbanAlps
Switzerland
3D printing & prototyping
2014
Alejandro Ojeda
UrbanAlps is a Swiss company reinventing the mechanical key industry with 3D metal printing.
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UrbanAlps is a Swiss company reinventing the mechanical key industry with 3D metal printing.
Vertilite
China
Machine vision & automation
2015
Chen Xiaochi
Vertilite provides high power and high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser solutions.
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Vertilite provides high power and high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser solutions.
Volocopter
Germany
Others
2011
Alexander Zosel, Stephan Wolf
Volocopter is an urban air mobility service provider that builds electric air taxis.
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Volocopter is an urban air mobility service provider that builds electric air taxis.
Zipline
US
Others
2014
Keenan Wyrobek, Keller Rinaudo, Will Hetzler
Zipline designs, manufactures, and operates drones to deliver vital medical products to everyone, no matter where they live.
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Zipline designs, manufactures, and operates drones to deliver vital medical products to everyone, no matter where they live.