31 January 2020

Tokyo Press Release

Scottish aerospace inspection startup spreads its wings in Asia

AI visual inspection company, Anomalous, is exploring expansion to Asia after winning recognition at the NTT Data Open Innovation Contest in Tokyo.

Anomalous and three other innovative UK companies - Iotic, Digital Fineprint, and Unmanned Life - beat 400 businesses from across the world to join 28 finalists in Tokyo.

Anomalous won recognition for their pitch, being awarded a “Zamma Award” by Kotaro Zamma, Head of Open Innovation at NTT Data.

Anomalous Chief Product Officer Matt Davies said: “What an amazing event. We are honoured simply to have been invited to attend. Most of the companies taking part in this competition are already well funded and highly successful. To be a bootstrapped company, only 15 months old and included with other businesses of this calibre is fantastic. We’re currently raising capital and I think this event has proven that with additional funds we will be able to scale quickly.”

Digital Twin specialist, Iotic were declared the Telecom and Internet of Things category champions.

Ali Nicholl, Iotic’s Head of Engagement who accepted the award, said, “It was a great privilege to be part of the finals in such a highly-respected global contest for innovation and winning the Telecoms & IoT Domain Award is powerful endorsement of our technology and its potential to deliver disruption. As importantly the whole event has been a fantastic reflection on the strength and vibrancy of the UK’s tech start-up community and its ability to compete on a global stage.”

InsurTech startup, Digital Fineprint were declared the Finance category champions.

Erik Abrahamsson, CEO of Digital Fineprint, said: “Through the NTT Data Open Innovation Challenge, we've been lucky enough to meet exciting startups from all over the world, such as Anomalous. By partnering with leading providers like NTT Data, startups like ours can reach significant scale and new opportunities. This is especially relevant for Anomalous, since their niche vertical lends itself well to partnerships.”

Tom Winstanley, VP of New Ventures and Innovation at NTT Data, added: “Anomalous’ laser focus on inspection technology impressed the judges. By working together we believe that there is an opportunity to create a ‘triple win’ for Anomalous, NTT DATA and, of course, our clients in aerospace and manufacturing, improving quality and efficiency in the inspection process using AI.”

Since launching their product in March 2019, early stage startup Anomalous has shown impressive growth; winning work with aerospace pioneers, such as Rolls-Royce, Collins Aerospace, and BAE Systems. And just last month Anomalous announced their success joining the inaugural ATI Boeing accelerator sponsored by GKN.

Anomalous now hopes to forge new relationships with the Japanese manufacturing giants that lead aerospace development in Asia.

Scottish Development International representative for Japan, Yasutsune Kanatani said: “I work with a number of Japanese businesses and believe that NTT Data is one of the most advanced and innovative companies, with an extensive global network. It is extremely exciting that such a technologically advanced Japanese company has recognised the innovative work which Anomalous do.”

Anomalous CEO, Euan Wielewski said: “I’m proud of our progress to date and am looking forward to pushing forward with our ambitious plans for 2020. We already have excellent relationships with some of the world’s largest aerospace companies. To expand into the Asia Pacific market would be a step forward in our mission to become the de facto standard tool for aerospace visual inspection.”


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Press Contact:

Matt Davies, co-founder and CPO of Anomalous matt@anomalous.ai +44 (0)7825 769 464 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattpauldavies/

Euan Wielewski, co-founder and CEO of Anomalous euan@anomalous.ai +44 (0)7506 936 338 Twitter: https://twitter.com/anomalous_ai LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/euan-wielewski/

About Anomalous

Anomalous is an Edinburgh-based technology startup that develops intelligent inspection software for the aerospace industry, making inspection in aerospace faster and more accurate. We do this by creating digital inspection workflows and augmenting existing inspection techniques with cutting-edge artificial intelligence.