Amazon Buys Warehouse Robotics Company Cloostermans

An engineer checks robots at an Amazon.com Inc. achievement middle in Tilbury, U.Ok.



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com Inc. stated Friday it has acquired a Belgian firm that designs expertise to handle the stream of robots by warehouses, the e-commerce large’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 Programs Inc.

Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Cloostermans, which has about 200 workers, 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 expertise Amazon stated it already makes use of to maneuver and stack heavy pallets and totes and to bundle merchandise for supply.

Amazon stated it has been working with Cloostermans since 2019 and that it plans to make use of the corporate’s expertise to assist robots function alongside its warehouse workers, together with to enhance employee security and to cut back packaging waste.

“Amazon’s investments in robotics and technology are supporting how we build a better and safer workplace for our employees and deliver for our customers,” Ian Simpson, vp of worldwide robotics at Amazon, stated in an organization weblog publish.

Amazon stated it has deployed greater than 520,000 robots in its warehouses because the Kiva acquisition. The corporate stated it not too long ago added its first absolutely autonomous cell robotic, which may maneuver round workers 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 scale of its supply operations over about two years as pandemic-driven demand fueled a increase in e-commerce orders.

On-line demand has extra not too long ago receded as customers 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.’