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In July 2018, cobot pioneer Rethink Robotics announced record growth in Europe . Yet, on October 03, the former leading innovator was forced to close its doors when a deal it had expected to acquire fell through. German robot specialist HAHN Group has now taken on the Americans’ robot technology and integrated it in its own service portfolio. One of Rethink Robotics’ best-known cobots is its Sawyer model .

HAHN has acquired all patents and trademarks of Rethink Robotics, as well as its software platform ‘INTERA5’, which enables users to program industrial collaborative robots. Alongside its integration business (operated by HAHN Robotics) and rental service (operated by HAHN RobShare), Rethink Robotics will become the third pillar of the HAHN Group’s robotic division. For the future, the German company plans to further develop the innovative technologies and has announced that it intends to make the software available to its partners through licensing.