This is the company’s second office in Russia and fourth office worldwide.
Promobot, the Russian robot manufacturer, is about to launch an R&D division, lab, and office in Vladivostok. The division will be responsible for research and development to design a lifelike exterior for Robo-C androids. The effort has been sponsored by the Far East High Technology Fund (FEHTF).
The new division will include:
· 3D android modelling centre
· Polymer lab to design hyper-realistic artificial skin
· Representative office for the Asia-Pacific Region (APR)
Vladivostok is the second home for the company’s R&D centre and labs after Perm. Promobot’s Far Eastern division focuses on developments for Robo-C androids, in particular, by designing the artificial skin and 3D android models to be used in robot manufacturing.
The Far Eastern office employs polymer experts, designers, and 3D modellers.
The Perm office is proceeding with its efforts to design the metal frame for Robo-C, hardware, and software to control the robot’s moving parts. Besides, the Perm office is continuously in charge of developing V4 service robots.
“Vladivostok has a pretty good robotic engineering school and holds schoolchildren’s and students’ competitions on a regular basis; besides, it has some notable start-ups in this field. The entry of Russia’s leading robotic manufacturer into this region is a landmark event that will hopefully encourage the creation of a strong robotic engineering cluster here”, said Ruslan Sarkisov, CEO of the Far East High Technology Fund.
The person to take charge of Promobot’s Far Eastern office is Petr Chegodaev, a businessman, Russian sculptor and designer known for his involvement in the creation of special effects for such Russian blockbusters as Flight Crew and The Spacewalker.
“Our team’s top priority now is to ensure that androids look both lifelike and attractive and to add aestheticism to this field. We already have everything we need to do it in Vladivostok, and I am certain that we are about to make a big leap forward in this industry, said Petr Chegodaev, Head of Promobot’s Far Eastern office.
Vladivostok is the fourth city where Promobot is based: this Skolkovo resident’s headquarters and production facilities are located in Perm, its US office is located in Philadelphia, and its Asian representative office is in Hong Kong.
The opening of the company’s office in Vladivostok has been sponsored by the Far East High Technology Fund that allocated RUB 200 mln back in April 2020, in particular, to support economic development in the Far Eastern Federal District.
“We are de facto working on the solutions that have no match either in Russia or worldwide. Russia is about to turn into an international-level robotic engineering hub, said Alexey Yuzhakov, Chairman of Promobot Board of Directors. We are pleased to see that thanks to our efforts, the regions (Perm and Vladivostok) are turning into the engines of this process.
Promobot was founded in 2015 in Perm. It secured the status of Skolkovo resident the same year. Today, Promobot is Europe’s largest manufacturer of self-contained service robots. Promobots operate in 40 countries worldwide as administrators, promoters, advisors, guides, and doormen, replacing or supplementing humans. Promobot robots may be seen in Sberbank, Museum of Contemporary Russian History, multi-purpose centres, Baltimore/Washington Airport, and Dubai Mall. The company manufactures and develops all of its products in Russia.
The Far East High Technology Fund was established in 2018 as instructed by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District. The Fund invests in promising hi-tech projects and localisation projects in the Russian Far East. The list of the Fund’s investors includes the Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund (affiliated with VEB.RF Group), RVC, and RUSNANO. The Fund’s capital amounts to RUB 5 bln, and its current portfolio includes 7 projects worth of RUB 855 mln in total investments.