The story began 2016, when four friends realized that there was no producer of filaments in the nordic countries
add:north was founded by two childhood friends and two brothers, linked via engineering studies at Chalmers University of Technology, who are technical enthusiasts and have a long experience from the plastics industry. When we started to 3D-print, we soon realized that it was a bit tricky to acquire high quality materials and that many resellers had issues with stock levels and deliveries from foreign countries. Therefore, we founded the start-up add:north and moved to a swedish plastics and entrepreneurship cluster into an old textile factory where the first filament line was set up.
Our connection to Chalmers has also led to development projects of new 3D-printable bio plastics, which are now ongoing and are partly financed by the governmental innovation agencies Vinnova and Almi. 3D printing offers unique possibilities to test new materials and we want to be in the forefront in contributing to replacing the black carbon atom with the green one in all possible parts of society.
We realized that a shorter supply chain than todays resellers’ means great advantages. We can offer our customers a completely different responsivity and possibilities to customization. Cut freights from China or the USA also gives clear environmental advantages. On top of that, we are also pioneering circularity in the industry for 3D filaments.