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AeroVironment: Changing the landscape of precision agriculture

AeroVironment has been making headlines lately, and for good reason. The recent availability of its Quantix™ VTOL hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) marks a key shift for the application of robotics and AI in the area of precision agriculture. At ROBO Global, we’ve been anticipating the company’s trajectory since the company became an index member at the inception of the index in August 2013. Since that time, AeroVironment has delivered a 26% annualized...

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ABB exits Power Grids and paves the way for accelerated growth

ABB, a member of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index since inception, has finally announced its long-awaited exit from Power Grids in a logical strategic move that will allow the company to focus more heavily on the robotics, automation, and electrification markets and presents attractive dynamics driven by the digitalization of industry. ABB will sell 80% of Power Grids to Hitachi, its JV partner in Japan, at a valuation of $11B, or 11.2x EV/operating EBITA, with predefined exit ...

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Scared to eat that lettuce? Robots & AI are coming to the rescue

2018 has been quite a year for food-borne illnesses. What’s even more disturbing than the sharp rise in food safety investigations (the CDC has investigated a shocking 22 food safety investigations to date) is the fact that food safety could have—and, yes, should have—been dramatically improved with the help of the newest advancements in robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). In an age when technology is better skilled than ever to improve food safety and keep us healthy, having more invest...

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In robotics & AI, now is the time to dive in and buy the weakness

The market may have taken a turn, but in the world of robotics and AI, the future remains glaringly bright. That’s great news for those already invested in what has been called the greatest investment opportunity of our generation. It may be even better news for investors who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the ideal time to dive in. Of course, even though it was widely anticipated, the latest dramatic dip in the market could easily cause even the most dedicated, long-term in...

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Brooks Automation Strives for Life Sciences Leadership

Wise business moves aren’t always recognized immediately, but for Brooks Automation, divesting its semiconductor cryogenics business to Edward Group, an affiliate of Atlas Copco, for $675M in cash delivered a big same-day reward: an immediate pop in its share price of more than 30%. The company has said it plans to use the influx of cash to spur its fast-growing life sciences business. The notable bump in price was just more good news that highlighted the company’s stunning performance overa...

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5 Years later, Wall Street is finally paying attention to robotics and AI

What a different world it was just 5 years ago. At that time, robotics and AI still seemed like something straight out of a summer blockbuster. In most people’s minds, it was pure fantasy. Very few people understood it, and even fewer believed in it as an investable opportunity. It was then, in October 2013, that our small band of believers started digging into the sector. We were passionate about finding a way to gain exposure into what we already saw as the best investment opportunity of ...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: June 2018

Twenty-seven startups raised money in June to the tune of $2.1 billion, another great month for robotics fundings! Also during June there were ten acquisitions and two IPOs. See below for details. The top robotics fundings were: Rockwell (NYSE:ROK) made a $1 billion equity investment in PTC (NASDAQ:PTC), an automation control software provider to government and industry. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is investing $500 million in JD (JingDong) (NASDAQ:JD), the Chinese equivalent to Amazon...

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Advisor Insights: The robotics market is still booming

At the 2018 Automatica Fair in Munich, the International Federation for Robotics (IFR) presented a preview of the annual sales statistics for the robotics sector at the CEO roundtable. The final statistics will be published by IFR in cooperation with VDMA in October. The preliminary numbers are interesting in many ways. First of all the sales of robots increased by 29% year-over-year during 2017. The total number of shipped robots went up to 381 thousand units, of which 2/3 are sold in Asia. ...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: May 2018

By: Strategic Advisor Frank Tobe of The Robot Report Twenty-seven startups were funded in May for a total of $2.5 billion. The top five were: Cruise Holdings announced a two-phase funding by SoftBank Vision Fund totaling $2.25 billion. $900 million will be funded right away. Future funding of $1.35 billion is contingent on two things: regulatory approval and at the time when Cruise AVs are ready for commercial deployment. At that time GM will also invest another $1.1 billion thereby pro...

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Renishaw is manufacturing the future of 3D Printing

When I say that I work in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI), the first things most people think of are humanoid robots (think Star Wars), AI (think Alexa), or self-driving cars (think Tesla). But the spectrum of RAAI transcends the obvious. ROBO Global index member Renishaw, the oldest and perhaps boldest player in the world of 3D printing, is just one example. Established in 1973, the company is transforming the application of additive manufacturing—more commonly called...

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