MiR cites the demand of major international customers and the success of the new MiR500 model as reasons for the high increase in sales. "The strong growth is largely due to the international clientele," explains Thomas Visti, CEO of MiR. "Many large, internationally active companies invest in entire fleets for their various locations. It can happen that some companies acquire 15 to 25 MiR robots at the same time." These include, for example, Toyota Motor Corporation, which invests in mobile robot fleets in order to optimize its internal logistics.
According to Visti, the market launch of the MiR500 model in the summer of 2018 also contributed to the increase in sales. The mobile transport robot has a payload of 500 kg and is also suitable for autonomous transport of heavy goods such as pallets.
In the current year, MiR plans to introduce a leasing program, among other things. "With our leasing concept, we also want to reach companies via external partners that have hitherto leased equipment such as electric forklift trucks and driverless transport systems," explains Thomas Visti. "The option to lease our solution lowers both the inhibition threshold and the initial investment required to switch to our collaborating autonomous mobile robots.
In addition to the product and service portfolio, the team at MiR is also developing: The workforce is expected to grow by 100 new employees this year. New branches are also planned in the USA, China, and Japan. According to Visti, MiR expects at least as much sales growth for the current year as for the previous one.