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Acquisition of Bosch Rexroth’s majority stake in Kassow Robots successfully completed

Danish cobots on course for growth with strategic investor

  • Scaling of Kassow Robots’ cobot portfolio in preparation
  • New location sought in the Copenhagen area for industrializsation of production
  • First joint appearance of Kassow Robots with Bosch Rexroth at Hannover Messe 2022

The acquisition of Bosch Rexroth's majority stake in Kassow Robots has been completed: Following approval by the antitrust authorities, the deal was closed on April 29 this year. Kassow Robots complements Bosch Rexroth's comprehensive offering for factory automation with collaborative lightweight robots (cobots). In order to scale the business of Kassow Robots, a move to a larger location in the Copenhagen area is planned. Founder and co-owner Kristian Kassow will continue to drive the business forward as CEO. At the Hannover Messe, the Danish cobot specialist is represented for the first time at the Bosch Rexroth booth.

"We look forward to working with Kassow Robots to expand the cobot business globally and accelerate growth," said Enno Scharphuis, head of the Assembly Technology business unit at Bosch Rexroth and chairman of the board of directors at Kassow Robots. "We are planning to move to a larger site in the greater Copenhagen area to expand production. We will also grow in terms of personnel," adds CEO Kristian Kassow. With the addition of cobots to its factory automation product portfolio, Bosch Rexroth is focusing on the consumer goods and mobility industry, including battery production and semiconductor production.

Thanks to their seven axes, the lightweight robots are very maneuverable and do not require much space. For example, they can be placed on the side of the opening to a machine's workspace so that they do not restrict access for operating personnel. Thanks to the special combination of payload, reach and speed, the cobots can be used in a variety of ways in industrial production, where humans and robots collaborate.

With the cobots, for example, Bosch Rexroth wants to offer end-to-end solutions for intralogistics. The cobots can place produced and packaged products on a pallet or in small load carriers. An autonomous mobile robot such as the ActiveShuttle then takes over further transport.

Kassow Robots is present at the Bosch Rexroth booth at Hannover Messe in order to present its cobot portfolio to an international trade audience.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 31,000 associates generated sales revenue of around 6.2 billion euros in 2021.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

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