Terex Corp., Norwalk Conn., has made an equity investment in Apptronik, Austin, Texas, a company specializing in the development of versatile, mobile robotic systems. Separate from the equity investment, the two companies have entered into a co-development agreement to work together to create potential robotic applications for Terex products.
“Multiple trends are converging to drive adoption of human-centered robots in everyday applications and Apptronik is well positioned to capitalize on this emerging trend,” said John Garrison Jr., Terex chairman and CEO.
Apptronik’s co-founders have worked on some of the most advanced human-centered systems in the world. This includes the NASA Valkyrie Robot for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Other Apptronik projects include Astra — an upper-body humanoid robot that has state-of-the-art actuation packed into a small form, enabling it to be placed on any mobility platform — and, most recently, Apollo, a NASA-backed versatile humanoid designed to scale and apply to numerous applications.
“We are at an inflection point in the robotics industry where, in just a few years, we expect to see general-purpose robots being adopted at scale across numerous industries,” said Jeff Cardenas, CEO and co-founder of Apptronik. “We are excited to be working with Terex Corp., as we blaze the trail for the robotics revolution that we anticipate will transform the way we live and work.”