Bordeaux group GT Logistics is pushing ahead with its industrial development and has acquired new know-how in collaborative robotics by investing in Bordeaux-based start-up Humarobotics.
GT Logistics (650 employees – turnover of €59 million in 2015), specialists in logistics outsourcing, are continuing to innovate and have just acquired one-third of the capital of HumaRobotics (distributor of robots – 10 employees – turnover of €2.5 million in 2015), a company that markets, among other products, the Baxter industrial robot designed to work on production lines.
Humarobotics, robots at the service of industry
Bordeaux-born Jérôme Laplace is a professional in collaborative robotics. After founding Génération Robots in 2008, he started looking into a new generation of robots for the industrial sector and created Humarobotics in Bordeaux in 2016, to market robots designed and manufactured in the US here in France.
By joining forces with GT Logistics, Humarobotics is seeking to provide a response to the needs of industrialists.
GT Logistics CEO Eric Sarrat has decided to buy into the capital of Humarobotics: “We can provide our knowledge of the industrial sector and can support the company in the reorganisation of production logistics, via our network of clients, prospects and site managers. The GT Logistics engineering design department will be trained in the functionalities offered by robots.”
His name is Sawyer
The first collaborative robot marketed by Humarobotics will be Sawyer, a smart robot that reproduces the movements of industrial operators. Its use is highly intuitive and it is suited to a broad range of applications: the automobile sector and its subcontractors, plastics, electronics and luxury goods.
HumaRobotics is now considering recruiting about 10 additional staff by the end of 2017.
(Source: GT Logistics news release; VOXLOG 9/02/2016)