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The Robot Report tracked 37 robotics investments that totaled at least $1.14 billion in funding in July 2021. There also were 9 mergers and acquisitions worth at least $1.58 billion for the month.
The largest round of the month went to Chinese company Meituan, which raised $400 million from Tencent in a stock offering. Meituan, a consumer services company, intends to use the funding to develop autonomous vehicles and drones for local delivery services.
Here is a breakdown of the funding types for June 2021, in order of most to least: Series A (6), Seed (9), Series C (3), Series B (3), Series D (1) and other (12).
U.S.-based companies accounted for 19 funding rounds in July 2021, while China had the second-most at 4. Canada, India, and Germany each had three robotics companies funded. The table below lists robotics company fundings in millions of U.S. dollars, where amounts were publicly available. If more of the funding amounts become available, we will update the chart.
Robotics Investments July 2021
|inVia Robotics||Series C||30||USA||Logistics robots|
|Covariant||Series C||80||USA||Logistics robots|
|Path Robotics||Series C||100||USA||Robotic welding|
|Skylark Drones||Seed||3||India||Unmanned aerial vehicles|
|Keyi Technology||Series B||China||Consumer robots|
|XYZ Robotics||Series B||35||USA||Logistics robots|
|Venti Technologies||Seed||8||China||Autonomous driving|
|Kraken Robotics||Post-IPO Equity||10||Canada||Unmanned underwater vehicles|
|Pickle Robot||Corporate||USA||Logistics robots|
|Vantage Robotics||Debt Financing||2||USA||Unmanned aerial vehicles|
|OMNIQ||Post-IPO Equity||15||USA||Computer vision|
|Picnic||Series A||4.2||USA||Food robots|
|DaVinci Kitchen||Equity Crowdfunding||0.5||Germany||Food robots|
|Locomation||Convertible Note||40||USA||Autonomous driving|
|ALBA Robot||Debt Financing||Italy||Autonomous driving|
|Swaayatt Robots||Seed||3||India||Autonomous driving|
|Ghost Robotics||Series D||100||USA||Autonomous driving|
|Algolux||Series B||18.4||Canada||Computer vision|
|Re-Gen Robotics||5.5||Ireland||Tank cleaning robots|
|Digital Dream Labs||Equity Crowdfunding||1||USA||Consumer robots|
|Verve Motion||Series A||15||USA||Exoskeletons|
|Noyes Technologies||Seed||3.8||Germany||Logistics robots|
|Neuro42||Series A||6.5||USA||Surgical robots|
|Freetech||Series A||100||China||Autonomous driving|
|Dangot Computers||7.6||Israel||Logistics robots|
|Ati Motors||Pre-Series A||3.5||India||Logistics robots|
Robotics mergers & acquisitions
There were 9 mergers and acquisitions in July 2021. One of these acquisitions took place via special purpose acquisition companies or SPAC. Aurora, a developer of autonomous vehicle technology, merged with Reinvent Technology Partners Y in a $1 billion deal. The combined company, which will be named Aurora Innovation Inc. and trade on the NASDAQ with the symbol “AUR,” is reportedly valued at $13 billion.
SPACs have become a hot investment mechanism in robotics, as well as many other industries. Berkshire Grey, Sarcos Robotics, Vicarious Surgical, and a slew of LiDAR companies, have or will also be going public via SPACs.
Two companies developing autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were acquired. Zebra Technologies kicked off the month with the purchase of Fetch Robotics for $290 million. Fetch Robotics generates annualized run-rate sales of approximately $10 million. And ASTI Mobile Robotics, a Spanish company, was acquired by industrial robot leader ABB for an undisclosed amount.
Novanta, a precision photonics and motion control company, made two acquisitions. It first acquired motion control provider Schneider Electric Motion USA for $115 million in cash. One week later, it acquired end of arm tooling leader ATI Industrial Automation for $172 million cash.
|Acquirer||Acquired Company||Amount ($M)||Tech||Story|
|Zebra Technologies||Fetch Robotics||290||Logistics robots||Read Story|
|Integrity Implants||Fusion Robotics||Surgical robots||Read Story|
|enVista||HCM Systems||Systems integrator||Read Story|
|Novanta||Schneider Electric Motion USA||115||Motion Control||Read Story|
|Red Cat Holdings||Teal Drones||Unmanned aerial vehicles||Read Story|
|Toyota||Carmera||Autonomous driving||Read Story|
|Reinvent Technology Partners Y||Aurora||1000 (SPAC)||Autonomous driving||Read Story|
|Novanta||ATI Industrial Automation||172||End of arm tooling||Read Story|
|ABB||ASTI Mobile Robotics||Logistics robots||Read Story|
Editor’s Note: This article was updated on August 10, 2021 at 11:45 Eastern with the addition of Ati Motors’ investment.