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Konica Minolta partners with Mobile Industrial Robots in Australia

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Konica Minolta is partnering with collaborative mobile robots manufacturer, Mobile Industrial Robots, in a move it says will bring bring a greater level of automation to its clients in Australia.

Martin Keetels, national manager of Robotics and Innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “With Australian businesses requiring greater efficiency to remain competitive in the region, and globally clients are beginning to demand robotic technology, robotics will be a growth and productivity engine of Australia’s future economy.

“Innovation and automation have a significant role to play in manufacturing and distribution environments in Australia. Konica Minolta is excited to bring another level of automation to its customers.

“With more than 150 service engineers in-house and the equivalent number in the channel that can potentially service robots, Konica Minolta is in a unique position to prepare our clients for the workplace of the future.”

The partnership between Konica Minoltas and MiR was made official during a recent visit by Keetels to MiR’s headquarters in Odense, Denmark.

Keetels said, “I was incredibly impressed by the calibre of MiR’s management team and the market-leading robots. It’s a great combination to find in a partner and we are excited by what the future holds.

“Konica Minolta is committed to continued investment in this space, through partnerships and by developing internal resources to deliver the best outcomes for its customers. Konica Minolta’s role is to work with robotics companies to support their growth by harnessing its capabilities of distribution, services, and maintenance while our partners continue designing, manufacturing, and supplying the robots.

“Konica Minolta’s robotics capability is just beginning with MiR with many opportunities to extend across different industries and applications in the future.”

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