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Lightweight construction specialist Mubea and exoskeleton developer German Bionic cooperate

Augsburg/Attendorn (ots) - German Bionic, the global technology leader in the development of intelligent power suits, and Germany's top automotive supplier Mubea have agreed on a far-reaching collaboration. The owner-managed family business Mubea, headquartered in Attendorn, Germany, with a further 44 locations in 20 countries, specializes in the development and production of innovative lightweight products and manufacturing technologies. By entering into production for the world's leading developer of robotic exoskeletons, Mubea is opening up a new future field with a forecast market volume of 12.5 billion US dollars by 2030.

"Mubea is a specialist for high-quality lightweight components and, with many of its products, is the global market leader as a 'hidden champion'," says Dr.-Ing. Thomas Muhr, Mubea's Managing Partner, who is the fourth generation to head the family-owned company. "Over the past decades, we have developed into a top automotive supplier with our products for chassis, body and powertrain. Together with German Bionic, we are now expanding our new micromobility business area to include the future field of robotic exoskeletons."

"German Bionic, like Mubea, is a successful German company with high-tech products in demand worldwide, albeit at an earlier stage. Nevertheless, our Cray X intelligent power suit is already the most advanced robotic exoskeleton on the market," says Armin G. Schmidt, CEO and co-founder of German Bionic. "In sync with the global demand for our cutting-edge technology Made in Germany, we are now scaling production for the growth markets of the U.S., Europe and Japan together with our partners at Mubea."

Rising global demand for exoskeletons in system-critical infrastructures

At the beginning of the year, German Bionic unveiled the fifth generation of its best-seller, the Cray X robotic exoskeleton, at CES in Las Vegas, also heralding its entry into the US market. Since then, the German high-tech company has been growing steadily in North America. With additional locations in Japan and, more recently, the UK, the robotics company is focusing on Western industrialized countries that suffer from a structural shortage of skilled workers for demographic reasons, particularly in the area of manual labor. Here, the intelligent power suits are intended to improve working conditions and prevent overloads and the associated illnesses and injuries. There is particularly high demand for German Bionic's exoskeletons in so-called system-critical infrastructures, such as in logistics, production, but also in the care sector, for example. Mubea is now to help secure the increasing demand for the coming years as well.

About Mubea

Mubea is an innovative lightweight specialist for automotive, aerospace and micromobility solutions and generated total sales of 2.4 billion euros in 2021 with more than 14,000 employees at 44 locations worldwide. Sustainable management over generations, fast and flexible decision-making, and technological innovations with best-in-class lightweight solutions have made Mubea a hidden champion. Mubea is the global market leader in the development and manufacture of most of its automotive components in the body, chassis and powertrain areas. In addition, Mubea is also active for the aerospace sector, in the industrial sector and, since 2021, with products in the field of micromobility.

About German Bionic

German Bionic, with locations in Augsburg, Berlin, Tokyo and Boston, is the first European manufacturer to develop and produce intelligent power suits. Exo or exoskeletons are human-machine systems that combine human intelligence with machine power by supporting or amplifying the wearer's movements.

The Cray X from German Bionic is the world's first networked exoskeleton for the working world, which, connected to the Smart Factory, self-learns to reinforce lifting movements and prevent incorrect posture. It thus becomes an intelligent link between man and machine. The TÜV-certified robotic exoskeleton protects the health of workers, measurably reduces the risk of accidents and thus improves work processes.

For this innovative technology, which puts people back in the focus of Industry 4.0, German Bionic and the Cray X have received numerous awards, including the Bavarian and German Founder's Prize, the Land of Ideas, the Automatica Award and a nomination for the prestigious Hermes Award at the Hannover Messe.

Source: Lightweight specialist Mubea and exoskeleton developer German Bionic cooperate | German Bionic Systems, 29.08.2022 ( (17.10.2022)

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