SoftBank has picked its wager in China’s flourishing industrial robotics area. Youibot, a four-year-old startup that makes autonomous mobile robots for a variety of situations, stated it has notched near 100 million yuan ($15.47 million) in its newest funding spherical led by SoftBank Ventures Asia, the Seoul-based early-stage arm of the worldwide funding behemoth.

In December, SoftBank Ventures Asia led the financing spherical for an additional Chinese robotics startup referred to as KeenOn, which focuses on supply and repair robots.

Youibot’s earlier traders BlueRun Ventures and SIG additionally participated within the spherical. The startup, based mostly in Shenzhen the place it went by way of SOSV’s HAX {hardware} accelerator program, secured three financing rounds throughout 2020 as companies and traders embrace industrial automation to attenuate human contact. Youibot has raised over 200 million yuan thus far.

Founded by a gaggle of PhDs from China’s prestigious Xi’an Jiaotong University, Youibot develops options for manufacturing unit automation, logistics administration, in addition to inspection and upkeep for numerous industries. For instance, its robots can navigate round a yard of buses, examine each tire of the automobiles and supply an in depth report for upkeep, a characteristic that helped it rack up Michelin’s contract.

Youibot’s “strongest fits” are in electronics manufacturing and electrical energy patrol, the corporate’s spokesperson instructed TechCrunch.

The startup can also be seeing excessive development in its semiconductor enterprise, with prospects coming from a number of distinguished front-end wafer fabs, which use the agency’s robots for chip packaging, testing, and wafer manufacturing. Youibot declined to reveal their names resulting from confidentiality.

Chinese shoppers that it named embody CRRC Zhuzhou, a state-owned locomotive producer, Huaneng Group, a state-owned electrical energy era large, Huawei, and extra. China at present contains 80% of Youibot’s whole revenues whereas abroad markets are quickly catching up. The agency’s revenues tripled final 12 months from 2020.

Youibot plans to spend the recent proceeds on analysis and growth in its mobile robots and propietary software program, crew constructing and market enlargement.

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