The Norwegian production-on-demand company Gelato received Nordic Innovation’s Impact award at 2023’s Nordic Scaleup Summit. 140 companies were nominated, and Gelato was selected for its work rethinking production and distribution, facilitating global trade through local production. Using the Gelato platform, entrepreneurs, ecommerce stores, and creators across the planet can sell globally and produce locally.
“We are honored and humbled to be recognized ” said Gelato founder and CEO, Henrik Müller-Hansen. “Our global team works hard to transform the supply chain by shifting from centralized mass production to localized customized production. Thank you for recognizing our work and supporting our mission.”
Gelato enables production to take place locally and as orders are made, which creates a close to perfect match between supply and demand and drastically reduces waste. 87% of all orders placed through Gelato are produced in the same country as the end customer, which cuts shipping times and carbon emissions and bolsters local communities.
“Recent global supply chain issues have highlighted the fragility of the old manufacturing model and helped propel a change from unsustainable manufacturing systems. Additionally, as additive manufacturing and 3D printing become more commercially available, virtually any item can be produced the Gelato way,” said Müller-Hansen.
The recognition was announced on May 9 at the Nordic Scaleup Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. The award committee, composed of experts and entrepreneurs, evaluated 140 nominated scaleups from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland based on their growth and business excellence, innovativeness, global reach, sustainability, and company culture.
Three special recognitions were awarded: Gelato for Impact, IQM for Pioneering, and Einride for Green Innovation. Kerecis was named Scaleup of the Year.
Gelato enables local, on-demand production on a global scale through the world’s largest network for production on demand. Gelato produces personalized products in 32 countries, enabling creators and ecommerce sellers to scale their business and reach customers faster while reducing waste, costs, and carbon emissions. By doing so, they are changing the game, making it possible for small ideas to grow and make an impact. For both people and the planet.
Gelato was founded by CEO Henrik Müller-Hansen in 2007 and consists of the Gelato platform and the consumer brand Optimalprint. The company has offices in Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Lahore, London, Madrid, Mumbai, Nashville, Ontario, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Tallinn. Gelato’s headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway.