Last week, the Eindhoven Daily Newspaper (Eindhovens Dagblad) published an article regarding the recent move and fast growth of Smart Robotics:
Source: Hanneke van Nieuwenhof, Eindhovens Dagblad
Smart Robotics finds itself a larger coat in Best
BEST – In the three years that robot producer, seller and renter Smart Robotics exists, this is its third move. The office will be four times as large and counts 142 work places. Thursday the 31st of May the festive opening for about 200 invitees will take place.
One wing of the building is almost empty, but that will change soon considering the fast growth. One-and-a-half year ago there were 12 employees, now 35. “We have 13 vacancies because of two new projects”, says Mark Menting, one of the two founders and managing directors of Smart Robotics. “That number was not foreseen at the beginning of this year and comes on top of our organic growth.”
At the end of the year 60 employees are predicted. That is why the organization moved to this enormous office, across the former office at the industrial area De Maas in Best. “Based closely to the highways. You just don’t feel the region’s atmosphere. The rental prices are friendly, but in terms of facilities it does not come near the High Tech Campus where we started.” The current production hall will continued to be used for test-, demonstration- and development activities and the production of robots. “500 square meters isn’t much when you know our new office space is 2200 square meters. But most of the work happens in the office – that is where the software for the robots is written”.
Smart Robotics exists for three years now. The start-up develops, sells and rents robots to organizations. For this, standard robot arms are bought and adjusted to the client’s wishes by means of self-developed operating software and user software. The robots are deployed for specific tasks such as order picking, palletizing or the grouping, bundling and packing of products. Clients can rent a robot from Smart Robotics. Afterwards, the robot returns and goes to work at a different client.
In its first years, Smart Robotics receives capital from the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) to get started. Last year, the logistics specialist Vanderlande obtained a minority share in the organizations, allowing Smart Robotics to scale up. This resulted in Smart Robotics Logistics Ltd. For prefab building, Mark Menting sees another Ltd emerge in the future. Together with a partner, that market will be explored. “We are ready for the next step”, Menting says. “We are heading towards expansion and controlled growth. We would like to use our software for different types of robots. Now, we program them for one task. However, we can do so much more. With sensors and artificial intelligence, we should enable robots to handle a diversity of tasks in a warehouse. That is what we are researching now.”