Avalon SteriTech, SoftBank Robotics launch joint venture

Avalon SteriTech and SoftBank Robotics Group to develop public healthcare and hygiene solutions.

Avalon SteriTech and SoftBank Robotics Group (SBRG) have announced a joint venture focusing on the development of innovative products and technologies that aim to benefit public health and wellbeing.

As a newly established joint venture, Avalon Robotics will play a key role in global product planning, research and development, business development, marketing, sales and distribution of Whiz Gambit and other technologies.

The immediate goal of the joint venture is to introduce bio-decontamination capabilities to Whiz, the industry-leading autonomous AI cleaning robot.

Avalon and SBRG, jointly aim to take cleaning and bio-decontamination beyond what is visible as a way to raise public confidence and achieve a greater sense of public and personal safety in communities worldwide, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud to team up with SoftBank Robotics Group, a company that shares our mission to create a safe environment for all,” said Lewis Ho, CEO of Avalon SteriTech.

“The synergy we create by harnessing expertise from both sides gives rise to a plethora of exciting ideas and opportunities through which we could address unmet public health needs. With the launch of our products and technologies, we look forward to accelerating the adoption of smarter, more environmentally friendly solutions around the world and spark a new era for public health and hygiene practice.”

Kenichi Yoshida, Chief Business Officer of SoftBank Robotics Corp, said the company had been reviewing many disinfectant formats to enhance Whiz with an add-on function to deliver thorough floorcare cleaning and achieve disinfection efficacy.

“Avalon SteriTech is able to fulfil the high environmental regulatory standards after our extensive collaborative research work with them. We believe this partnership with Avalon SteriTech will continue to bring us from strength to strength as we endeavour to pursue and design new products and robotic solutions to address the new public health requirements.”

The agreement will be operationally managed by Avalon, which will become SBRG’s first and only global disinfection sprayer partner. It will also pave the way for future collaborations and technologies as both companies look towards new potential markets in Hong Kong and globally.

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