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Bram de Zwart, CEO and cofounder of 3D Hubs is named by Business Insider to their annual list of the 100 leaders transforming business in Europe in the category Manufacturing. 3D Hubs is a digital manufacturing platform encouraging businesses to diversify their supply chains geographically to mitigate risk from disruptions like the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Business Insider, Bram de Zwart sheds light on how fragile and antiquated global supply chains really are, relying on just a handful of nations. In the interview he says: “I think what most people are forgetting when they champion local supply chains is that at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic it wasn’t just China or India that was locked down, production in North America and Europe also partly halted. The only way to prepare for disruption in any part of the world is to have your supplier network span different countries, and even different continents, so that you always have a first, second and maybe even third choice.”
Building up a global manufacturing network is no easy feat, especially for small-to-medium sized businesses. This is the area where supplier marketplaces or online platforms excel. These online platforms first find suitable suppliers, assess them on quality, and feed them a stream of orders to keep them engaged. 3D Hubs is such a service that offers access to on-demand manufacturing by basically acting as an online supply team for your company.
In March 2019 Endeit Capital announced a series C investment of $18 million to further automate its manufacturing outsourcing solution & expand platform’s global network. Recently 3D Hubs became nominated as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Netherlands as part of the Deloitte Fast 50 Award.
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