Constance/Ravensburg. The Constance-based robotics start-up Organifarms has gained the EBZ Group as a strategic partner and investor. The body-in-white production system and automation expert from Ravensburg will support the startup's product development and growth in the long term.
"We are delighted to have an established partner at our side in the EBZ Group," explains Dominik Feiden, CEO and co-founder of Organifarms. The start-up develops harvesting robots for strawberries, which are already being used by the first customers. They have been able to finance their development to date via Startup BW Pre-Seed and startup funding from the BMEL and Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank. This has enabled the young company to develop the first fully autonomous harvesting robot in the past three years.
"For the growth of our company, it was important for us to have a partner who not only supports us financially, but also in product scaling and ensures the high reliability of our products," continues Feiden. "With EBZ as a globally active company, we can also open up new markets and bring our production up to an industrial level." The reliability of the product is a top priority for Organifarms, as farmers with staff shortages are dependent on the harvesting robot.
"The EBZ Group's expertise offers Organifarms optimal opportunities for scaling the picking robots, while the investment represents a technological leap for the EBZ Group in ongoing innovation projects," says Thomas Bausch, chairman of the board of the EBZ Group.
Both companies agree: by using advanced robotics and AI, they are creating a future in which farmers have a solution to labor shortages and rising costs and consumers can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables all year round.
Organifarms GmbH develops harvesting robots for greenhouses to solve the problem of labor shortages and rising costs for growers. The first product is BERRY, a harvesting robot for strawberries. BERRY automates the harvesting, quality control and packing of the fruit and enables 24/7 year-round operation, reducing labor requirements and costs.
More information about Organifarms can be found on the company's website: www.organifarms.de
About the EBZ Group
The EBZ Group is one of the top suppliers to the automotive industry and specializes in tool and plant construction. The process chain ranges from engineering and manufacturing to the commissioning of prototypes, forming tools and production and assembly systems for body-in-white, power units, batteries and fuel cells. Thanks to our decades of experience and our special company structure, we are able to offer customized planning and engineering services for almost all areas of automotive production in addition to modern and effective turnkey solutions. With its range of services, global presence and the know-how of its employees, the EBZ Group covers a broad portfolio in autobody technology. The company employs around 2000 people worldwide and will generate a total annual output of over 500 million in 2022.
(1) Managing Directors Organifarms (f.l.t.r. Dominik Feiden, Hannah Brown, Marian Bolz)