Nilfisk expects that up to 10 percent of the company’s turnover will come from autonomous machines – or robotics – within the next 5-7 years. A new strategic partnership between Nilfisk and the specialized Danish robot company, Blue Ocean Robotics, will be part of realizing that goal. The partnership, which complements Nilfisk’s existing partnership and initiatives within the area, is ambitious and will lead to a robot transformation of selected Nilfisk cleaning machines over the coming years.
According to Hans Henrik Lund, CEO of Nilfisk, the partnership is a further step towards meeting customer needs for accurate and reliable cleaning:
“We estimate that approximately 70 percent of the cost of professional cleaning goes to labor. At the same time, the cleaning industry is one of the industries with the highest employee turnover. We therefore experience a significant need among our customers to introduce autonomous machines that can solve standardized cleaning tasks so that cleaning operators can be used for other assignments.”
Hans Henrik Lund emphasizes that Nilfisk is already well underway with its technological transformation:
“We have a clear strategy to develop our product portfolio in partnership with highly-specialized technology companies that are the best in their field. We already have good experiences with this, and we are looking forward to starting this partnership with Blue Ocean Robotics, which complements our other partnerships very well.”