Seabery gets a boost for its sustainable edtech solution for industry workers
Bringing augmented reality to industry, Seabery is a Spanish company training and educating industrial workers to make the sector more efficient and attractive to new talent. It’s just picked up fresh funding to continue the development of its globally utilised edtech solutions.
Operating at the intersection of industry, edtech and augmented reality, Seabery is pushing forward the use of cutting-edge tech in the industrial sector. The company has just received fresh investment to boost its sustainable approach to education and training that is helping to reduce carbon emissions and attract skilled workers. This comes as Spain Oman Private Equity Fund (SOPEF) and Seaya Andromeda have today announced their entry as minority partners in Seabery.
Founded in Huelva in 2007 by Basilio Marquínez, Seabery pivoted to its current edtech approach in 2010, designing and patenting Soldamatic – a pioneering training solution in welding using AI. The industrial sector has been hit particularly hard by a talent shortage and the resulting lack of skilled workers has left the sector with a desperate need to rethink approaches to attracting workers.
This is what Seabery and the Soldamatic product are helping to achieve. Through a multi-sensory training interface –which includes sight, sound and touch thanks to high-precision parameterized software– Soldamatic is the closest simulation to the real process of welding. It enables future welders to pick up the necessary skills before getting certified, avoids the unnecessary consumption of f resources such as energy, gas and metal, and, reduces waste. It is, therefore, an environmentally sustainable choice building an essential workforce.
Since the beginning of its commercialization in 2012, Soldamatic has facilitated access to quality training, providing a big boost to what is an essential industry. It was reported that Solamatic can shorten learning time by more than 50%. Further reporting that Soldamatic reduces the materials and consumables used during the training of welders by over 70%, the product brings many benefits to the sector. To put this in perspective – the 70% reduction in material and consumables is a saving equivalent to the materials needed to build the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Its implementation in training centres has also drastically reduced the number of occupational accidents.
The Spanish company now has more than 100 employees around the world with the Soldamatic solution operable in more than 80 countries, the US and Germany being key markets. It’s also used by some of the world’s leading industrial companies such as Siemens, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, John Deere and Alstom.
With this new investment from SOPEF and Seaya Andromeda, Seabery plans to accelerate its expansion into the APAC region. It will also increase the commercialization of its cutting-edge tech among industrial companies and continue developing its technology with the aim of opening new business lines. Sectors like industrial paint training are in the pipeline – diversifying the firms offering and contribution to the industry.
Dream big, stay positive, work hard and enjoy the journey. Congratulations to the entire team at Seabery on your funding. I wish you success in your endeavours.Shishir Gupta, Founder and CEO, StartupLanes
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