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Ben Schrauwen van Oqton

We are excited about the partnership with 3D Systems and look forward to leveraging their knowledge, resources and financial strength to continue to innovate and deliver solutions that help those companies accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing in production environments.

Ben Schrauwen, CEO and co-founder of Oqton

Oqton is a software company developing an AI-powered, cloud-based manufacturing operating system (MOS).

Oqton’s smart, flexible MOS platform delivers turnkey solutions with plug-and-play capabilities that connect manufacturing equipment and legacy systems through AI. This unique advantage enables manufacturers to manage complex digital production environments and provides the flexibility needed to quickly make changes to product designs and/or respond to changing market demands.

Oqton is an American/Belgian company, with most of its engineers and programmers based in Ghent and Leuven, led by Ben Schrauwen (CEO Oqton) a former professor at UGent.

3D Systems was a pioneer in the 3D printing world, and today still a leading player in the field of automation in industrial production with its integrated offering of hardware, software and support services. The merger with Oqton fits perfectly with its strategy to further digitally transform the manufacturing world.

Partners in ambition at Oqton

Early 2021, Oqton raised $40M from several investors, including Fortino Capital and PMV. With the active support of the investors, Oqton expanded its team from about 55 to 90 people that year, most of them in Belgium, to further expand both the software platform and build an international sales team.

On 8 September 2021, Oqton merged into US-based 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD). With the acquisition, Oqton also became the R&D hub within 3D Systems, taking charge of all the group’s software activities. CEO Ben Schrauwen and his teams are mainly operating from Ghent and Leuven.

Investment team Oqton

Lieven De Jonge Business manager Scale-ups & Industrials lieven.dejonge@pmv.eu +32 (0)2 274 63 73
Roald Borré Group Manager Venture Capital roald.borre@pmv.eu +32 (0) 2 274 63 71