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Amazon Buys Warehouse Robotics Firm Cloostermans



An engineer checks robots at an Amazon.com Inc. achievement heart in Tilbury, U.Okay.


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com Inc. mentioned Friday it has acquired a Belgian firm that designs know-how to handle the move of robots via warehouses, the e-commerce big’s newest funding in instruments to automate its logistics community.

The corporate will add D. Cloostermans–Huwaert NV to the Amazon Robotics division it launched in 2012 with the acquisition of Kiva Methods Inc.

Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Cloostermans, which has about 200 staff, was based in 1884 as a producer of equipment for textiles producers. It has been refashioned as a specialist in engineering and automation. The corporate designs and makes warehouse know-how Amazon mentioned it already makes use of to maneuver and stack heavy pallets and totes and to package deal merchandise for supply.

Amazon mentioned it has been working with Cloostermans since 2019 and that it plans to make use of the corporate’s know-how to assist robots function alongside its warehouse staff, together with to enhance employee security and to scale back packaging waste.

“Amazon’s investments in robotics and know-how are supporting how we construct a greater and safer office for our staff and ship for our prospects,” Ian Simpson, vp of worldwide robotics at Amazon, mentioned in an organization weblog submit.

Amazon mentioned it has deployed greater than 520,000 robots in its warehouses because the Kiva acquisition. The corporate mentioned it just lately added its first totally autonomous cell robotic, which might maneuver round staff and doesn’t have to be restricted to sure areas of a warehouse.

The acquisition comes as Amazon is pausing its aggressive growth of its U.S. logistics community. The corporate successfully doubled the dimensions of its supply operations over about two years as pandemic-driven demand fueled a growth in e-commerce orders.

On-line demand has extra just lately receded as consumers have returned to shops and inflation has dented retail gross sales.

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Appeared within the September 10, 2022, print version as ‘E-Commerce Big Buys Robotics Agency.’



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