Users of mobile inspection systems in China can now source Inuktun's modular robotic technology through Hangzhou Inuktun Robots Ltd. in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
China is expected to become the world's largest robotics market over the next few years. The government recently issued guidelines to promote the development of the industry.
The new company is staffed by six people and will sell products designed and manufactured by Inuktun Services Ltd. of Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
Aside from answering inquiries for Inuktun systems in China, the company is currently investing time and resources into extensive research in the Chinese market, according to Jeff Christopherson, who works in Technical Sales at the Inuktun home office.
"The company will be selling the entire Inuktun product line, and as we do with our other global distributors, we will support them in developing customized solutions to meet their customers' requirements," Christopherson says.
Andy Chen, the director of the new company, lives part-time in China as well as in Inuktun's home base of Nanaimo.
"He's an established businessman in China with previous experience selling into that region," says Christopherson. "This experience puts his company in a good position to sell Inuktun products into the Chinese market."
Chen says that he's excited about this opportunity as the Chinese market for robotics continues to grow.
"China is developing rapidly and cities are expanding with huge investments in municipal construction underground. They will require inspections and services," he explains. "This is a huge opportunity for us to inspect and maintain all the pipes with Inuktun’s products."
China's nuclear industry is also expanding, Chen adds.
"China has a total of 24 nuclear stations that are in use or under construction. We believe that Inuktun’s robots can play a positive role in the development of the economy in China," he says.