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USARC Clusters400x275Three of the largest robotics clusters in the U.S. have joined to form the United States Alliance of Robotics Clusters (USARC), which aims to support the development, commercialization and scaling of robotics through collaborating with government and industry stakeholders.


CybernetixVentures400x275Cybernetix Ventures, an independent venture capital firm that invests in early-stage robotics, automation and artificial intelligence companies, has announced launching its first global fund, headquartered in Boston. 


RelayRobotics400x275Relay Robotics – a new company formed by the acquisition of robotics developer Savioke – has announced completing a $10 million Series A financing round, as well as the appointment of Michael O’Donnell as chairman and CEO. Savioke’s co-founder, Steve Cousins, will become chief technology officer of Relay Robotics and lead the company’s product strategy and innovation efforts, the company said.


UniversalQ1Revenues400x275Denmark-based Universal Robots has reported record Q1 revenue of $85 million, up 30% from its Q1 2021 revenue.


PepperNAO400x275The United Robotics Group (URG), a subsidiary of the RAG-Stiftung in Essen, Germany, has announced an agreement with SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. (SRGB) to acquire the French subsidiary SoftBank Robotics Europe SAS (SBRE). SBRG will acquire a minority stake in URG and the two companies will continue to cooperate in the global marketing of various robots, including the Pepper and NAO humanoid robots.


ElectroRoute400x275Electreon, which develops wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) technology, has announced a one-year extension of the Smartroad Gotland pilot project in Sweden. Funded by the Swedish Transportation Administration, the $2.17 million extension includes an upgrade of 400 meters to the existing installation.


RE2 Sarcos400x275Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation has announced a definitive merger agreement with Pittsburgh-based RE2 Inc., which develops autonomous and teleoperated mobile robotic systems for use in the aviation, construction, defense and medical industries. The transaction is $100 million, consisting of $30 million in cash and $70 million of Sarcos common stock.


ToyotaVentures22Call 400x275Toyota Ventures has launched its third global “call for innovation,” searching for early-stage companies that can help make the factory of the future a reality sooner. In partnership with Toyota’s Manufacturing Project Innovation Center (MPIC) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the 2022 call focuses on scalable solutions that can modernize manufacturing and advance sustainable production.


VerdantRobotics400x275Verdant Robotics has announced the expansion of its robots-as-a-service (RaaS) model to ensure access for more specialty crop farmers, as well as meet their demands for more sustainable and profitable growing practices.


IFR ANT TopTrends400x275The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has analyzed the top five trends around the world of robotics and automation, based on its statistics and observations. The IFR reported that the operational stock of industrial robots hit a new record of about 3 million units worldwide, with a 13% increase on average over the time period of 2015 through 2020.


Waueson400x275Ohio-based Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing, which provides robotics automation, tube fabrication equipment, and build-to-print precisioned machine parts, has announced it acquired McAlister Design and Automation of Greenville, S.C. The acquisition aims to continue Wauseon’s goal of creating comprehensive automation solutions to meet the needs of current and future customers, and make its own automation capabilities available in more regions of the country.


HandshakeStock400x275Novanta, which operates business units Celera Motion and ATI Industrial Automation, has announced a new partnership with MassRobotics to help create and scale the next generation of robotics startups. Through the partnership, the company will collaborate with MassRobotics to develop advanced innovations in medical/surgical robotics and to improve robotic productivity.


DiveTech400x275Defense technology company Anduril Industries has acquired Boston-based Dive Technologies, which develops and manufactures subsea robotics. The acquisition was announced by Tanis Venture Management, Mill Town Capital, and Virginia Tech Carilion Innovation Fund & Seed Fund, which had invested in the company.


RobotSales2021 A3 400x275The number of robots sold in North America set a new record in 2021, driven by a surge in non-automotive sectors, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). The group said 39,708 units were sold at a value of $2 billion, a 14% increase over the previous record in 2017.


CES Floor400x275Lidar manufacturers AEye and Velodyne Lidar have announced they will not attend CES 2022 in person, citing concern for the health and safety of employees, partners, and customers in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases.


Staubli IFR ABI report400x275As part of a new whitepaper, research firm ABI Research predicts a total of 452,000 mobile robots will be shipped in 2022, representing a 65% increase compared to 2021 shipments. In addition, the firm said 45,000 cobots will ship next year.