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Estonian startup Fractory raises €7.5M to fund global expansion

Estonian online metal fabrication platform Fractory that has caught the eye of investors with the active participation in the Invest Estonia’s pitching events Online Startup Demo Day and Unicorn59, today announced raising 7.5 million euros to expand its operations internationally and accelerate tech development.

The UK-based company will use the funding to set up services in the new markets, including the U.S., France and Italy. Proceeds will also be used for product and platform development, including the automation of CNC machining, industrial 3D printing, additive manufacturing and casting.

Fractory has revolutionized the global metal works industry by creating an all-in-one-hub for metal fabrication. Its proprietary technology simplifies and digitises the manufacturing process, allowing customers swiftly upload CAD files for instant pricing; before assessing the availability, location, capabilities and materials required to engage with the right manufacturing partner. By better connecting all parts of the supply chain, Fractory drives competitive pricing, reduces lead times and improves quality.

“Fractory has created an enterprise software platform like no other in the manufacturing setting. Its rapid customer adoption is clear demonstrable feedback of the value that Fractory brings to manufacturing supply chains with technology to automate and digitise an ecosystem poised for innovation,” said Marcin Hejka, Managing Partner of OTB Ventures. “We have invested in a great product and a talented group of software engineers, committed to developing a product and continuing with their formidable track record of rapid international growth,” Hejka added.

One important benefit of Fractory’s platform is that it helps reduce the footprint of the manufacturing supply chain through aggregation and production near end users. This leads to cleaner production, less transportation and less scrap.  Which in turn helps manufacturers reduce their carbon emissions and meet sustainability targets.

Rewatch how Fractory’s CEO Martin Vares pitched his company just some months ago at the Unicorn59 event:

Fractory was founded in Estonia and opened its international headquarters in Manchester in 2019. The company now partners with hundreds of metal companies and supports more than 10,000 customers across industries including, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Robotics, Life Sciences, Agriculture and Construction. The size of Fractory’s customers range from sole traders and SME’s, to large multinational manufacturers. With the new funding announced today, Fractory is anticipating customer base growth of a further 700% by 2024.

Fractory has seen increased momentum throughout the global supply chain disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as the platform became a valued resource for a range of manufacturing needs. As different geographies and industries reduced workforces, closed factories and halted operations through 2020, Fractory’s automated platform was able to rapidly switch between a network of partners to enable continuity of supply for customers. The company’s revenue has grown by 400% since February 2020, demonstrating the strength and growing demand for digital manufacturing.

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