The acquisition of the Belgian business is the latest in a series of purchases made by Amazon to automate its logistics operations
Com Inc. said on Friday it has acquired a Belgian company that designs technology to manage the flow of robots through warehouses, with the e-commerce giant making the latest investment in equipment to automate its logistics network Is.
The company will incorporate D. Cloostermans-Huwaert NV into the Amazon Robotics division, which was launched in 2012 with the acquisition of Kiva Systems Inc.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Klostermann, which has about 200 employees, was founded in 1884 as a manufacturer of machinery for textile manufacturers. It has been revamped to specialize in engineering and automation. The company designs and manufactures warehouse technology Amazon said it already uses to move bulky pallets and totes and to package products for distribution.
Amazon said it has been working with Klosterman since 2019 and that it plans to use the company’s technology to help robots work with its warehouse workers, including improving worker safety and packaging. Including reducing waste.
Ian Simpson, vice president of global robotics at Amazon, said in a company blog post, “Amazon’s investment in robotics and technology is supporting how we create a better and safer workplace for our employees and for our customers.” distribute.”
Amazon said it has deployed more than 520,000 robots in its warehouses since the Kiva acquisition. The company said it recently added its first fully autonomous mobile robot, which can maneuver around employees and doesn’t need to be confined to certain areas of the warehouse.
The acquisition comes as Amazon is halting aggressive expansion of its US logistics network. The company effectively doubled the size of its delivery operations in nearly two years as pandemic-induced demand fueled an uptick in e-commerce orders.
Online demand has slowed recently as shoppers return to stores and inflation has hit retail sales.
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