A Danish company called Mobile Industrial Robots has tripled sales for its line of collaborative autonomous robots in 2017, with a 25 percent sales gain in the United States.
To continue its strong growth in 2018, the company has hired René Tristan Lydiksen as chief commercial officer. Lydiksen is a former managing director of Lego Education International and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Mobile Industrial Robots also has hired former Danfoss research and development director Søren Neilsen as chief technology officer. The current CTO, Neils Juls Jacobson, has moved to chief strategic officer.
CEO Thomas Visti said growth in 2017 was mainly due to multinational companies that had tested out a single mobile robot, then came back with orders for larger fleets of the robots.
According to the company based in Odense, Denmark, customers include Honeywell, Argon Medical, Airbus and Flex.
Mobile Industrial Robots more than doubled employment last year, from 27 to 60, and intends to add another 50 employees in 2018. The company is doubling the size of its headquarters.
In North America, the robot maker opened its first international office in New York in 2016, and will open one in San Diego this year to support west coast distributors and customers. MIR plans to hire six new people for sales and technical support in 2018 — more than doubling the number of U.S. employees.
For information, visit www.mobile-industrial-robots.com.