Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 25th May 2023 Issue no. 1066
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Avidbots signs distributor agreement with Macnica to help address Japan labour shortage
Avidbots has this week announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Macnica, supplier of speciality technology products in Japan and worldwide. Macnica will distribute Neo self-driving floor scrubber across Japan to customers challenged by the largest labour shortage in the country in over 40 years.
An aging and declining population has left Japanese companies desperate for workers, especially in facilities management and cleaning roles, sending labour costs skyrocketing. Macnica can now offer an autonomous floor cleaning robot that reduces labour requirements and costs while providing a higher quality and consistent cleaning service.
The Avidbots Neo is a purpose-built floor scrubbing robot that integrates state of the art navigation technology with hardware that is designed for ease of use, longevity, serviceability, safety and high productivity.
"We have customers that simply can't find enough staff to clean their facilities, or they are losing cleaners due to retirement," says Tomokazu Kanazawa, director, new business development for Macnica. "The Avidbots Neo will allow us to offer a service that reduces the need for human resources while delivering superior cleaning, which can be tracked through detailed reports."
Neo enables both in-house cleaning teams and building service contractors to offer an innovative technology-driven approach to cleaning that cuts costs, enhances service, and differentiates them from competition. Neo is supported by an easy-to-use web portal that provides real-time and historical reporting, providing greater visibility into operations for cleaning teams.
Macnica will provide installation, support and maintenance services for Neo to customers in a variety of target industries including airports, shopping malls, logistics industries, factories, and offices.
"Japan is one of the most tech-forward nations on the planet and is also suffering from a significant labour shortage," says Faizan Sheikh, CEO of Avidbots. "We are extremely excited to partner with Macnica as it allows us to further actualise our vision of bringing robots to everyday life and expanding human potential.
The Avidbots Neo is currently deployed on four continents, servicing some of the world's leading shopping malls, airports, education facilities, healthcare centres, manufacturing sites and other commercial spaces.
www.macnica.co.jp / www.avidbots.com
22nd February 2018