Stäubli Group, a mechatronic solutions provider, announced the acquisition of a 70% stake in WFT GmbH & Co. KG, based in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. WFT is a specialist in the construction of special-purpose machines and mobile platforms. This acquisition allows Stäubli to expand in new complementary fields such as autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) and automation add-ons.

All employees of the acquired business will join the Stäubli Robotics Division, while the factory in Sulzbach-Rosenberg will become part of the global production network of Stäubli. The new company will operate under the name Stäubli WFT GmbH.

Stäubli’s existing robotics portfolio includes the recently announced HelMo mobile robotics system, which can perform man-robot collaboration tasks either as a mobile assistant or, as a high-performance robot, can be assigned to common industrial applications. Peter Pühringer, Division Manager Stäubli Robotics Bayreuth, noted that the HelMo mobile robot system “is designed in such a way that it can take on individual location-specific tasks such as fetching and transporting parts, as well as delivering, inserting, and removing machine components.” He added, “The application options range from individual process stages to complex tasks. HelMo can be geared specifically to the customer’s own applications.”