January 5, 2022
Denmark’s Blue Ocean Robotics, which manufactures service robots for tasks including telepresence and UV-C disinfection, has announced an investment of $51.1 million (335 DKK) by A.P. Møller Holding, a privately held investment firm in Denmark.
The company said the new funding will enable the company to roll out its sustainable mobile robot solutions globally, which includes divisions such as UVD Robots (mobile disinfection), PTR Robots (mobile patient transfer and rehabilitation robot), and GoBe Robots (mobile telepresence).
“Blue Ocean Robotics has developed several robot solutions that can automate and streamline critical and routine tasks, including in healthcare systems,” said Jan Nielsen, CIO at A.P. Møller Holding. “We look forward to following and supporting the company on its interesting and thriving journey.”
Blue Ocean is different from other robot companies in that it develops the technological “building blocks” for mobile service robots, and then uses those to help realize new types of robots for different tasks. The company said four new types of service robots are “on the drawing board,” which are expected to join UVD, GoBe and PTR in the commercialization front.
“A.P. Møller Holding provides us with even more financial muscle to consolidate and expand the market share for all of our robots,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. “The expansion of UVD Robots must be accelerated, and we’ve done this with brands PTR Robots and GoBe Robots, which are now also being made available on the global market.”
Risager said the company was planning to launch an online platform in 2022, which will facilitate the entire customer experience in a cloud-based system. “Selling service robots is not just about building and delivering robots,” said Risager. “Together with our sales and service partners, we also ensure that the robots are integrated in the customers’ workflows and ensure that the technology creates the maximum value at the customers’ location.”
While this is the first time that A.P. Møller Holding has invested in a robotics company, it has been involved in the robotics sector. In the 1990s, shipowner Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller invested heavily in the research and development of robotics technology in Denmark. Over the years, A.P. Møller and others have donated hundreds of millions to facilitate robotics research at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute at the University of Southern Denmark.
“If it was not for A.P. Møller, Denmark would not have a robotics cluster or a robotics industry,” said Risager. “Together with the local university in Odense, A.P. Møller has also made a huge difference as a driving force, with its generous donations for robotics research and development, and also as a user of the developed solutions. It has been incredibly exciting and rewarding to be part of the robotics adventure in Odense since the 1980s, when I developed welding robots for the Odense Steel Shipyard.”
For more information on Blue Ocean Robotics, visit its website here.