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Cognex: a company with vision delivering computers that can see

By Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global Since the inception of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index in August 2013, Cognex, the global leader in machine vision, has returned a total 262% and is the top performance contributor for this index of best in class robotics, automation, and AI companies from around the world. We returned from the company’s investor day with increased confidence in its technology leadership and growth prospects, boosted by the advent of machi...

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Shopify & 6 River: Game-Changing M&A in Warehouse Automation

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global On September 9, Shopify, a leading e-commerce platform, announced an agreement to acquire 6 River Systems for nearly half a billion dollars. The deal reminds us of Amazon’s 2012 purchase of Kiva Systems, which kick-started an arms race to automate supply chains, warehouses, and fulfillment centers. In fact, since the inception of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index, logistics and warehouse automation has been its best performing...

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Here’s what’s coming in the world of robotics and AI. Investors: Are you ready?

Any experienced investor knows that a down market isn’t something to dread. In fact, if you’re investing for the long term, it’s something to celebrate. If today’s market has you wondering where to invest to help bolster your portfolio down the road, one of the most exciting places to look is robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). What’s happening in RAAI today can feel like it’s been plucked straight out of a science fiction fantasy. But make no mistake: these innovations are 100% ...

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International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018

Last week we attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, and we returned with increased confidence in our bullish outlook for the robotics and automation market. From what we saw, there is no doubt: the factory of the future is now! The mood for the entire show was clearly positive, and that energy was reflected in a truly record-breaking event. Attendance was up by nearly 8,000, hitting 129,415, and more than 2,500 companies were featured on the exhibition floor, inc...

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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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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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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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CHINA’S PUSH TOWARD EXCELLENCE DELIVERS A GLOBAL ROBOTICS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

China is on a mission to change its reputation from a manufacturer of cheap, mass-produced goods to a world leader in high-quality quality manufacturing. If that surprises you, you’re not the only one. For decades, China has been synonymous with the word cheap. But times are changing, and much of that change is reliant on the adoption of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence, or RAAI (pronounced “ray”). For investors, this shift is driving a major opportunity to capture growth...

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