Amazon buys Cloostermans as part of robotics strategy

Amazon announced the acquisition of Belgium-based Cloostermans, which designs and manufactures mechatronics solutions.
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The acquisition of Cloostermans is part of Amazon strategy to invest in customized technology to drive innovation in its workplace and improve the employee experience.

Amazon is using Cloostermans solutions in its operations to move and stack heavy palettes and totes or package products together for customer delivery.

Amazon began working with Cloostermans in 2019.

“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,” said Ian Simpson, vice president of Global Robotics at Amazon.

Cloostermans’s team of approximately 200 employees will be joining Amazon Global Robotics’ growing presence in Europe.

“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,” said Frederik Berckmoes-Joos, CEO of Cloostermans.

Since Amazon began introducing robotics into its facilities in 2012, it has deployed more than 520,000 robotic drive units worldwide while also creating over a million new jobs.

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