Business in Brief

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ allies with the Startup Nation; automated pricing company Freightos raises cash.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ costumes take shape via Stratasys printers
Stratasys, the Rehovot-based 3-D printer maker, has played a key role in crafting costumes for the blockbuster film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the company says. Stratasys’ Objet500 Connex printer was used by special-effects firm FBFX to create costumes and other objects in “Guardians,” which has grossed more than $750 million in global ticket sales. In the movie, the printer helped make Star-Lord’s helmet and Korath’s armor. According to Grant Pearmain, director of costume and props at FBFX, Korath’s outfit marked the first time his company had made a costume nearly entirely via 3-D print technology, which is now used in about 90% of its projects. In September, Stratasys inaugurated a new 3-D printing plant in Kiryat Gat. In the last quarter, the company’s revenues jumped 67% from a year earlier to $178.5 million. (Michal Ramati)

Freightos raises $7.6 million in initial financing round
Freightos, which boasts an automated pricing system for commercial shipping, says it has raised $7.6 million in an initial financing round. In March, the firm said it had already raised more than half that sum — $4.6 million — led by the Aleph fund with the support of the crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd and ICV. Freightos says it has now raised $9.3 million since it was founded in 2012 by serial developer Zvi Schreiber, its chief executive. The company, whose service provides immediate information on transportation costs by ship, train, plane and rail, employs about 50 people, of whom 11 are in Israel. The rest are in Europe, the United States and Hong Kong, where the company is registered. Freightos says it is growing at an annual pace of 600%. (Inbal Orpaz)