Software for simulating friction, lubrication and wear in production processes.
Jan Harmen Wiebenga started the company TriboForm together with his colleague Johan Hol in 2013 during their doctoral research at the University of Twente. The startup from Enschede developed a software that simulates friction, lubrication and the wear and tear during the production of car parts. This software calculates the risk of breakage and wave formation of steel or aluminium such as when pressing car doors and mudguards. This makes expensive and time-consuming practical tests unnecessary. The car industry in the Netherlands is small, so they quickly started to look across the border.
The goal of TriboForm was to find a way to grow internationally quickly. While they were orientating on the international market through the SIB program, they received a takeover bid from AutoForm, the market leader in simulation software for the automotive industry. “With offices worldwide, this acquisition gives us direct access to a range of countries. We take part in the success of AutoForm, but still have to sell our module ourselves.”
TriboForm received a TOP regulation from Novel-T. “In addition to the TOP regulation, we also received a lot of legal and financial support in the initial period,” says Jan Harmen.