The HAHN Group has strengthened its automation, robotics, and service portfolio offerings by acquiring robotic technology from Rethink Robotics. As part of the transaction, HAHN Group has acquired all patents and trademarks of Rethink Robotics as well as its software platform INTERA5. Using the INTERA software platform, which enables users to intuitively program industrial robots, Rethink Robotics has been the leader in the industrial deployment of collaborative robots – cobots.
Rethink Robotics, the Boston, Massachusetts-based maker of Sawyer & Baxter cobots shuttered its operations at the beginning of October 2018.
HAHN Group intends to further develop Rethink Robotics' technology, with the goal of combining this technology with German engineering and know-how of industrial applications, providing its customers with high-quality collaborative robotic solutions and reliable service offerings. In addition, HAHN Group intends to make the software platform available to suitable partners through licensing or other arrangements.
With more than 30 years of experience and hundreds of successfully implemented collaborative, as well as conventional, robotic solutions, HAHN Group has positioned itself as one of the leaders in the fields of industrial automatization and robotics. In addition to its integration business – HAHN Robotics – and renting offerings operated by HAHN RobShare, the Rethink Robotics business unit will become the third pillar of the HAHN Group's robotic division and complete its service portfolio.
“The acquisition of Rethink Robotic's technology marks an important milestone for the development of our portfolio of collaborative robotics solutions,” says Thomas Hähn, CEO of HAHN Group. “This transaction will bring us not only a boost in innovative technologies but also access to highly specialized know-how in one of the most dynamic future markets. We are very pleased that we could convince the owners of Rethink Robotics to agree to the sale of its robotic technology around the cobot Sawyer as well as the INTERA5 software.”