Making.com exits stealth mode, starting a movement to open up production technology and know-how to anyone
Launching out of stealth mode, Making.com is an online platform that simplifies the connection between people looking for production technology and suppliers that offer it. It is the first platform to group technologies around the products they help make, allowing creators of all sizes access to the ‘hidden network’ of machines, manufacturers, tooling suppliers, and therefore the knowledge previously accessible only through long-established private networks.
Counting on the founders’ expertise of 60 years, combined with renowned suppliers from 20 countries in 3 continents, Making.com collects and democratizes knowledge of processes and specialized systems, explaining the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ as well as connecting the ‘whos’ and ‘whats’. It simplifies contact between makers – people interested in investing in technology or a new process – to specialized companies with knowledge of the industrial steps such as extraction, filling, sterilizing, separating, and packing, to name a few. Over 300 products are already listed on Making.com at launch.
“We believe we need to celebrate the makers. The know-how and efforts they put into building and improving the products we use on a daily basis are underestimated. At the same time we have a significant and immediate need, as mankind, to rethink how we make things. People must have access to new technologies that can quickly help shape better products. At Making.com, we gather these technologies around the products that they can help make, and invite all makers to contribute with their expertise and experience.”
Jorrit Aafjes, CEO and founder of Making.com
As the world re-emerges and searches for solutions to kickstart economies and deal with climate crises, manufacturing is a key focus area. For example, in the U.S. alone, manufacturing accounts for 8% of the workforce, 11% of the country’s GDP, 20% of capital stock, 35% of productivity growth, 55% of patients, 60% of exports, and 70% of R&D investment, according to the report on U.S. manufacturing from McKinsey Global Institute – MGI in 2021.
These figures highlight the need for industries to reinvent themselves to meet the demand for products already being consumed.Making.com solves this problem by offering a channel to help make production technology more accessible, providing a shortcut for people who want to reimagine the manufacturing processes.