Amazon Acquires Mechatronics Solutions Provider Cloostermans; Ian Simpson and Frederik Berckmoes-Joos Comment
SEATTLE, WA - Amazon kicked off a state-of-the-art acquisition recently as it signed an agreement with Cloostermans. With this deal, the retail behemoth is continuing to invest in customized technology to drive innovation in its workplace and improve the employee experience.
“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,” said Ian Simpson, Vice President of Global Robotics at Amazon. “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.”
As Amazon continues to build next-generation workplace technology, the company’s acquisition of Belgium-based Cloostermans brings in advanced technology and mechatronics solutions to help move and stack heavy pallets and totes or package products together for customer delivery.
The dynamic duo began working together in 2019, and by focusing Cloostermans’s deep experience in engineering, machinery, and robotics, the company will more rapidly deploy solutions in Amazon’s workplace that support employees in their roles and improve safety at work while also reducing packaging waste.
“We’re thrilled to be joining the Amazon family and extending the impact we can have at a global scale,” said Frederik Berckmoes-Joos, Chief Executive Officer of Cloostermans. “Amazon has raised the bar for how supply chain technologies can benefit employees and customers, and we’re looking forward to being part of the next chapter of this innovation.”
Since Amazon began introducing robotics into its facilities in 2012, the press release noted, the company has deployed more than 520,000 robotic drive units worldwide while also creating over a million new jobs. Automation has led to new roles at its facilities, including jobs such as robotics and mechatronics maintenance technicians as well as flow control specialists.
Completion of this transaction is subject to closing conditions.
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