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There was plenty of consolidation in the robotics space this year. Amazon made a splash when it announced that it was purchasing consumer robotics leader iRobot for $1.7 billion.
Another major acquisition was exoskeleton maker Sarcos’ purchase of mobile manipulation maker RE2 for $100 million. Teredyne-owned AutoGuide and Mobile Industrial Robots became one unified AMR company. Alert Innovation announced that it is being bought out by Walmart.
The list goes on, as vendors showed heavy-duty platforms, mobile manipulators, and more sophisticated software at trade shows in 2022.
This kind of consolidation may be a sign that the robotics industry is maturing as major companies swallow up smaller ones to expand their automation efforts. We expect more mergers like this going into 2023.
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