Toolplace success story
Multi-sided service marketplace
German and English
+ randevu.tech marketplace engine
+ fully customed UX and frontend developed by randevu’s experts
Toolplace is a B2B marketplace transforming the toolmaking and plastic moulding industry. Born from the vision of an industry expert, it’s a bespoke B2B marketplace designed to streamline procurement and foster growth by connecting plastic moulders and toolmakers.
It’s founder and CEO Christian Götze (ex-Head of Sales and Head of Innovation at the Swiss champion Georg Kaufmann Formenbau AG) worked in the toolmaking industry for over 10 years before he decided to build Toolplace to solve the inefficiencies of the industry.
Toolplace was facing the challenge of building a scalable technology. As a first step, they looked at white-label solutions and concluded none of them can fulfil their requirements. As a second step, they decided to look for software houses and outsourcing agencies which could help them build the tech. So they started their RFQ. The initial quotes from software houses to build their marketplace were staggering, requiring a budget above 200,000 EUR and a development timeline of at least 6-8 months.
The founder of Toolplace met the team behind randevu at the Plattform Macher Tage conference in 2022. randevu team proposed a new approach that promised to slash the time to market and total cost of ownership by 2-3 times.
Intrigued by randevu’s promise, Toolplace decided to test the waters with a proof of concept (PoC). In less than 2 weeks, randevu’s team developed nearly 70% of the required functionalities for the marketplace using the randevu marketplace infrastructure. Impressed by the results, Toolplace decided to build their marketplace on randevu.tech and signed a long-term deal.
Toolplace not only wanted to use randevu’s backend infrastructure, but asked for additional professional services offered by randevu’s experts. In this case: UI/UX design and customized frontend development. So the iteration process of the Toolplace’s marketplace configuration started, as well as the design of their frontend.
In less than 2 months after signing the deal with randevu, Toolplace went live using their own customized frontend and started onboarding customers on the biggest industry fair K2022. With UX that exceeds B2B expectations, their marketplace was serving customers with efficiency and ease from day 1 after the launch. Today, Toolplace is a thriving hub for top-tier mould makers from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, all personally vetted by their team of experts.
A fast growing number of vendors and customers from the toolmaking and plastic moulding industry now rely on Toolplace to scale their operations, streamline procurement, and navigate industry challenges. With randevu.tech by their side, Toolplace turned a daunting challenge into a resounding triumph, disruptively innovating the landscape of their industry.
Since its launch, Toolplace has even further evolved, due to learnings from the markets. Their customers requested new features and improvements in user journey. After validating these requirements across customers, Toolplace was able to release new versions of their marketplace including new features but also new revenue models tailored specific customer segments. These changes are natural for marketplace businesses since they evolve and were able to be implemented without a hassle thanks to the flexibility and extensibility of randevu.tech.
Visit Toolplace for more information about the plastic moulding industry.
Founder and CEO of Toolplace
Ex-Head of Innovation @ Georg Kaufmann Formenbau AG