James Marchant: Bionica Systems
Specialising in robotics as well as plasma products, this computer-guided tool company goes way beyond the cutting edge
James Marchant, 31
Company: Bionica Systems
In amongst all the futuristic ideas on this year’s Young Guns list, Bionica sounds like something of a throwback at first. It manufactures CNC machines, manufacturing tools essentially used to fabricate wood, metal and plastics.
But it soon becomes apparent that Bionica is at the cutting-edge – literally and figuratively.
Its suite of computer-guided products includes robotics, laser and plasma products, and founder James Marchant is one of Britain’s most disruptive tool-makers, having previously built the largest manufacturer of desktop 3D printers in the UK.
That business, Ion Core Zinter, gave Marchant the ideal launchpad to start Bionica, and it’s proved an inspired decision. The company came 41st in this year’s Startups 100 index and already has more than 100 customers across the UK, ranging from small businesses and advanced hobbyists to world-famous PLCs such as Nissan, Renishaw and Jaguar Land Rover.
Bionica delivers all its own machines and its service encompasses the full sales lifecycle, from initial design to on-site training and support.
The price point is extremely competitive and products are available for both desktops and freestanding units, providing valuable versatility to clients.
Targeting £1.5m turnover in 2018, Marchant is planning to open an office in Belgium to service surrounding European countries, increase the staff base from nine to 20 people and further diversify the product offering.
We can expect him to continue leaving his own very distinct mark on the manufacturing industry over the years to come.