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Avalon SteriTech and SoftBank Robotics Group launch new joint venture

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Rebecca Miles | 

Avalon SteriTech and SoftBank Robotics Group have announced a joint venture focusing on the development of innovative products and technologies that strive to empower and benefit public health and wellbeing. The joint venture leverages Avalon’s strengths in biotechnology and healthcare, and SBRG’s expertise in AI, automation and robotics to introduce intelligent and effective solutions that transcend conventional concepts of hygiene.

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 Gambitand 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, which was founded in Hong Kong, 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. The technological solutions launched through the joint venture will help strike the perfect balance between biocidal efficacy and responsible use of chemicals.

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

“We have 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,” said Kenichi Yoshida, Chief Business Officer of SoftBank Robotics Corp.

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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