Spanish welding training startup Seabery has brought in investment from Seaya Andromeda and the Spain Oman Private Equity Fund (SOPEF) to improve the training of industrial talent.
The funding, the amount of which remains undisclosed, will drive the company’s global expansion in the Asia-Pacific region and increase the penetration and commercialisation of its technology among industrial companies.
Founded in 2007 by Basilio Marquínez, the Andalusian platform aims to apply Augmented Reality (AR) to the professional training of welders in the industrial sector. Its AR simulation-driven welding training solution, Soldamatic allows future welders to acquire the necessary skills before certification, and avoids unnecessary consumption of resources such as energy, gas and metal.
According to the company, Soldamatic has facilitated access to training, initially scarce and very inefficient, shortening learning time by more than 50%. It also claims to reduce the materials and consumables used during the training of welders by over 70% – savings equivalent to the materials needed to build the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco– as well as reductions in emissions and waste.
Earlier this year, Danish platform for virtual labs and interactive science Labster raised $47 million in funding to support massive growth opportunities worldwide.
Seabery founder and partner Basilio Marquínez said: “Seabery was founded to promote modern, efficient, interactive and sustainable training for new generations. Our technology democratizes access to training and solves the global shortage of qualified workers. I am proud of the path we have taken, of the team that has made it possible, and I am excited about the future of the company.”
Pedro Marquínez, CEO and partner of Seabery, added: “As a global leader in ed tech, Soldamatic has revolutionised welding training. But we are only scratching the surface of Seabery's potential. Together with our new partners, we will continue to expand our portfolio and skills-based learning solutions.”
“Seabery has improved the training and education process of welders, one of the most demanded professions in the industrial context. Its high growth in the U.S. and Germany is replicable in other countries and, additionally, in the industrial sector, where it can generate high-cost savings for companies where the welding process is critical,” said Luis Parras, partner at SOPEF.
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