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Stäubli Group strengthens robotics portfolio with stake in WFT

Stäubli Group – a global leader in mechatronic solutions – has announced the acquisition of a 70 percent stake in WFT GmbH & Co. KG, based in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany.

WFT has been a specialist in the construction of special purpose machines and mobile platforms for two decades. In line with Stäubli’s growth strategy, this acquisition allows the joining of forces in new complementary fields such as autonomous guided vehicles (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.

The move follows the recent acquisition of RS Roman Seliger, based in Norderstedt, Germany, as part of the Fluid Connectors Division.

Rolf Strebel, CEO of Stäubli, says: “Stäubli and WFT share a common belief to provide high-tech automation solutions of top quality to our customers by fully focusing on them and their specific needs. Our clients will profit from this step as our products complement each other.”

With this acquisition, Stäubli is strengthening its global position in the field of robotics, building on the already established dynamic and innovative partnership with WFT within the area of AGVs and mobile platforms.