- Amazon (AMZN) recently announced it is buying Cloostermans. These are the details.
Amazon (AMZN) recently announced it is buying Cloostermans.
Why: Amazon is continuing to invest in technology that helps make work at its operations safer, simpler, and more productive. Based in Belgium, Cloostermans designs and manufactures mechatronics solutions, advanced technology that is used in Amazon operations to help move and stack heavy palettes and totes or package products together for customer delivery.
Existing partnership: Amazon started working with Cloostermans in 2019, and by focusing Cloostermans’s deep experience in engineering, machinery, and robotics, the company will more rapidly deploy solutions in the workplace that support employees in their roles and improve safety at work, and also help reduce packaging waste.
Going forward: Cloostermans’s team of approximately 200 employees will be joining Amazon Global Robotics’ growing presence in Europe. Last year, Amazon launched the European Innovation Lab in Italy, which focuses on new ergonomic technologies. And expanding its design and manufacturing capabilities is just one of the many ways Amazon continues to invest in technologies within their operations. The company recently announced a series of new robotic technologies, including Proteus, Amazon’s first fully autonomous mobile robot that uses advanced safety, perception, and navigation technology to maneuver around employees without being confined to restricted areas.
“Amazon’s investments in robotics and technology are supporting how we build a better and safer workplace for our employees and deliver for our customers. As we continue to broaden and accelerate the robotics and technology we design, engineer and deploy across our operations, we look forward to welcoming Cloostermans to Amazon and are excited to see what we can build together.”
— Ian Simpson, vice president of Global Robotics at Amazon
“We’re thrilled to be joining the Amazon family and extending the impact we can have at a global scale. Amazon has raised the bar for how supply chain technologies can benefit employees and customers, and we’re looking forward to be part of the next chapter of this innovation.”
— Frederik Berckmoes-Joos, CEO of Cloostermans