Amazon acquires Belgian warehouse robotics company Cloostermans

In recent years, Amazon has continued to expand its business scope by acquiring other companies. In July, Amazon acquired primary care provider One Medical. In August, Amazon announced an all-cash deal to buy iRobot, maker of the robotic vacuum cleaner Roomba, for $61 per share.

Today, Amazon announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Belgian warehouse robotics company Cloostermans, with more than 200 employees from Cloostermans joining Amazon’s robotics division, responsible for its operations in Europe. Ian Simpson, Amazon's vice president of global robotics, said: "Amazon's investment in robotics is helping customers and employees build a safer, better workplace, and we'll be building something new with Cloostermans."

The Cloostermans Company was established in 1884 as a repair shop for a textile company and later into the manufacture of industrial equipment. In 2019, Cloostermans partnered with Amazon to help Amazon move and stack heavy pallets, shelves, and more. In June, Cloostermans unveiled a package delivery robot called "Proteus," Amazon's first fully autonomous mobile robot.

According to a previous report, the US Federal Trade Commission has begun to review Amazon's  $1.7 billion (about 11.764 billion yuan) acquisition of vacuum robot maker iRobot to determine whether the transaction violated antitrust laws.

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