Teradyne, Inc. (North Reading, MA) and AutoGuide Mobile Robots (Chelmsford, MA) entered into a definitive agreement under which Teradyne will acquire privately-held AutoGuide for $165 million; $58 million net of cash acquired plus $107 million if certain performance targets are met extending potentially through 2022. This deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. AutoGuide provides autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material transport of payloads up to 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) for the manufacturing, warehouse and logistics markets and is expected to more than double their revenue in 2019 from approximately $4 million in 2018. Their products include the Max N10 Tugger, Pallet Stacker and SurePath fleet management software:
- The Max N10 Pallet Stacker autonomously identifies and lifts pallets, transports them to a specified destination and then stacks the pallets.
- The Max N10 Tugger autonomously pulls trailers or carts of material from point-to-point, including indexing for easy loading and unloading.
- SurePath fleet management software provides an easy means to specify routes, coordinating the autonomous lifting and transport of pallets, and managing Max N10 AMR traffic to optimize customers’ material transport.
In response to market demand for easy-to-deploy autonomous mobile robots, these advanced products offer the innovations to deliver easy deployment, improved safety, reduced costs and increased efficiency of industrial and warehouse material-handling operations. “The high-payload AMR market is an emerging, fast-growing segment of the global forklift market,” said Mark Jagiela, the president and chief executive officer of Teradyne. “Their modular architecture and innovative technologies provide safe, easy-to-deploy products that naturally complement our MiR low- to mid-payload AMRs, extending our reach in this attractive market. Like Universal Robots and MiR, they use emerging smart, cost-effective technologies in industrial robotics to improve workflows and reduce operating costs in a broad spectrum of industries. We look forward to helping them grow by developing their global sales and support capabilities, while continuing to strengthen and expand their innovative product lineup.”
“The combined strength of their industrial automation businesses and our product lines offer new opportunities to create end-to-end automation solutions for users seeking the safest and most productive material-handling operations from a single source,” added Rob Sullivan, the president and chief executive officer of AutoGuide. “Their financial strength and global reach will help support our growth, enabling us to maintain our agile approach to the development and deployment of high-value automation systems that bring industry-leading value to our customers.”
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