Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.5m into Insphere


Foresight Group has announced a £1.5 million investment from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund into Insphere, an expert in measurement and automation using innovative value-added metrology.

The Fund’s investment will be used to develop and accelerate the commercialisation of Insphere’s new products, build sales and scale the business.

Commenting on the investment, Andrew Bloxam, Senior Investment Manager at Foresight said: “Insphere is showing itself to be a pioneer, delivering much-needed valuable improvements in aerospace, automotive and defence industry production processes by using technology to offer in-process metrology. We believe that the transition to Industry 4.0 is going to have a transformative impact on industrial manufacturing over the next decade. We are excited to be working with the Insphere team to drive that transformation and build a big company in the process.”

Matthew Burke, Head of Technology Ventures, Williams Advanced Engineering, added: “The team at Williams Advanced Engineering is looking forward to working with Insphere to apply its expertise in product development and production from work in automotive, aerospace, defence and other sectors to support the commercialisation of Insphere’s pioneering automated manufacturing metrology technologies.”

Ben Adeline, CEO, Insphere, added: “We are delighted to have secured this investment from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund. The technical expertise offered through Williams Advanced Engineering combined with the financial and commercial input from Foresight makes this the perfect backing for our manufacturing technology business.

“This investment marks an inflection point for our growth, with funds used to develop core intellectual property behind the new hardware and software systems as well as accelerating our routes to market.

“Our business is well-positioned to exploit the exponential growth in demand for ‘smart factory’ solutions sought by the advanced manufacturing sector. Our technologies will enable manufacturing companies to monitor and control the performance of automated manufacturing systems, improving their capability and flexibility resulting in significant step changes to productivity.

“Our vision is to develop Insphere into a global leader for advanced process monitoring and control technologies, applying metrology-grade systems to automated manufacturing processes.”

Insphere was founded in 2013 by CEO Ben Adeline and CTO Oliver Martin, originally providing metrology consultancy, subcontract management and training to manufacturing businesses.




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