For the scaling up of their software and XL 3D printers, Amsterdam based company Aectual will receive a $18 million capital injection from sustainable investors AKEF, the DOEN Participations and an undisclosed American investor. With its scalable tailor-made products, the company is entering the construction market, one of the largest markets in the world with a potential of twelve trillion US Dollars on an annual basis.
Aectual controls the entire chain – from design to production, and o ers global architects and developers unprecedented design freedom. Thanks to the ‘tailor-made’ production process and the use of recyclable material, the waste and CO2 emissions are significantly reduced. Half of the worldwide CO2 emissions derive from construction; 20% of the building material ends up in the container. Because Aectual 3D prints building products, waste will be a thing of the past. Only 30 – 70% of the material will be needed.
“XL 3D Printing is on the rise worldwide and Aectual is responding to that. We supply digital building product lines, such as oors, façades and staircases. We o er these tailor-made and worldwide, for hotel lobbies and airports, canal houses to skyscraper. We combine the high margins of customization with the low cost prices of industrial production, and that on a global level. This requires a long-term focus of our investors, and we are proud that we have received their trust.” Aectual CEO Hans Vermeulen:
Investing in Digitization of Construction
Digitization and automation can be a solution to the ongoing stagnation of labor productivity in the construction industry. With its 3D printing park with four huge XL 3D printers, Aectual is developing a model that will be rolled out internationally and will start a worldwide network.
The tailor-made products save labor hours in the manufacturing process and in the installation because they always fit, which is also how waste & emissions are reduced. Recently Aectual launched a hybrid 3D-printed floor and soon a digital production chain for custom-printed façade elements will be launched.
“The construction sector needs to be made more sustainable. Aectual has a strong mission focusing on sustainability and circulation, and is a global leader in the eld of digital production with XL 3D printing technology. We believe they can make an important contribution to CO2 reduction. With their digital production process and 3D printing technology, they deliver tailor-made solutions, in addition to the strong reduction in material use and zero-waste, the bio-plastics print materials are also 100% reusable.” Ramon Brandt, investment manager AKEF.
For Aectual, the investment of 1.8 million is a nice prelude for scaling up so that it can further expand its software tools and robot park. Earlier the company already received half a million subsidy from Kansen voor West with the province of Noord Holland. The company creates new industry standards for 3D-printed building products with large partners such as Multinational Henkel, with which Aectual co-developed a novel bio-based printing material, the Amsterdam department of international engineering and consultancy company Arup, and construction company de Meeuw. Aectual already supplies printed products in Europe and Asia.
“Aectual is one of our Dutch front-runners in the field of innovation and sustainability of the construction chain. The founders of Aectual started with the radical idea of printing a 3D canal house, to which DOEN also made a contribution. Now Aectual has the potential to completely turn the old-fashioned construction business upside down.” Impact investment manager Wouter van Westenbrugge, from DOEN Participations.