iXblue, a global high-tech company that specializes in the design and manufacturing of advanced autonomous, marine and photonics technologies, has recently made the acquisition of robotics and software developments company, Robopec.
Now a fully owned subsidiary of iXblue, Robopec will continue to provide its advanced expertise in artificial intelligence algorithms and software development, as well as in the design of innovative robotics system architectures to its current and future customers, both on the civil and defense markets.
“iXblue has always been driven by the development of autonomous technologies.” explains Fabien Napolitano, CEO of iXblue. “For the past 15 years, we have strived to come up with ever increasingly innovative navigation, subsea positioning and drones technologies. One building block that we did not master internally was the artificial intelligence software part. Developing innovative technologies such as Maritime Object Detection and Tracking (MDT), including Infrared and LIDAR detection, collision avoidance, people and vehicle tracking as well as localization and autonomous navigation, Robopec soon became a trusted partner for iXblue. After two years of working in strong collaboration with them, it became apparent that both our companies shared the same DNA and that we could exponentially grow by working hand in hand, in a more comprehensive way.”
“Joining a global company such as iXblue opens up great possibilities and a worldwide market for us” adds Christophe Rousset, CEO of Robopec. “Both iXblue and Robopec always seek to push the limits of technology to design and develop the most advanced solutions. By combining our expertise, we will be able to bring much more added value to our customers.”
By adding Robopec’s know-how in robotics and artificial intelligence to the unique technologies it develops, iXblue widens its multiple fields of applications and keeps strengthening its signature vertical integration that gives the company great flexibility to adapt to the specific needs of its customers and to ever-evolving market trends.