Amazon is buying Belgian warehouse technology maker Cloostermans, the e-commerce giant confirmed Friday. Photo credit: Amazon Robotics
September 9 (UPI) — Amazon is buying Belgian warehouse technology maker Cloostermans, the e-commerce giant confirmed Friday.
Cloostermans will become part of Amazon Robotics, a division of the company focused on automating parts of warehouse operations, Amazon said in a statement. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Founded in 1884, Cloostermans has been a privately owned company for six generations. We are building customized robotics for use in warehouses.
“The machines are designed to order. All aspects of the project can be delivered in-house, including mechanical and electrical engineering, manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing,” the company says on its website.
Amazon Robotics was founded in 2012 when its parent company acquired and merged Massachusetts-based robot manufacturer Kiva Systems. The deal cost $775 million.
The company hopes the acquisition of Cloostermans will make its operations safer, simpler and more productive.
Amazon will open its European Operations Innovation Lab in May 2021 to develop “advanced technologies that support safer ways of working.”
Cloostermans’ approximately 200 employees join the company’s growing presence in Europe.
“Amazon’s investments in robotics and technology support how we build better and safer workplaces for our employees and provide them to our customers,” said Ian Simpson, Amazon’s vice president of global robotics, in a statement. I’m here.
“We are excited to welcome Cloostermans to Amazon and look forward to building together as we continue to scale and accelerate the deployment of robotics and technology across design, engineering and operations.”