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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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Biotelemetry: Saving lives with remote health monitoring

A pioneer in the wireless medical technology space, BioTelemetry is changing how doctors monitor and diagnose health disorders and diseases. While this technology holds the potential to be applied across the healthcare space, at the moment, its use in mobile cardiac monitoring is leading the way, both in practical application and in its ability to drive revenue for this industry leader. The market has taken note, and this ROBO Global Index member delivered a total return of more than 443% in the...

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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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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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ESG moves towards ‘impact investing’ to become a global investor priority

Just a few years ago, ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing was making headlines for its ability to give investors a vehicle that allowed them to align investments with their personal values. Often labeled as ‘impact investments,’ funds and stocks that adhered to ESG guidelines were considered feel-good vehicles—but not necessarily the best options from a returns perspective. These were largely niche solutions targeted at Millennials, liberals, and anyone who put their hear...

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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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