Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Enters Korean Market with TPC Mechatronics

Global manufacturer uses smart, collaborative Sawyer robot to improve results for customers

BOSTON, Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TPC Mechatronics, the biggest pneumatic equipment manufacturer and distributor in South Korea, is deploying Sawyer collaborative robots from Rethink Robotics in its own facility, as well as the facilities of its customers, in an effort to move the entire industry toward smarter factories.

The exclusive distribution partner of Rethink Robotics in Korea, TPC Mechatronics' core customer base consists of a wide range of industrial manufacturers. The company plans to work with this network to incorporate Sawyer into customer factories to increase production efficiencies and enable a more cost effective manufacturing process across its entire customer ecosystem.

Rethink Robotics is redefining manufacturing around the globe with its family of smart, collaborative robots, and has already inked distribution deals for its robots in China, Germany, France, U.K., Japan, Mexico and Australia. As one of the largest industrial robotics markets per capita in the world, Korea will be a critical market for the continued growth of Sawyer.

"Collaborative robotics will continue to be a key driver of productivity and innovation in manufacturing," said, TPC Mechatronics spokesperson Lawrence Uhm. "The efficiency, opportunity and safety that Sawyer gives our customers embodies our founding principles of creativity, judgement and action."

Recognizing factory automation as a driving force behind industrial development, TPC Mechatronics is continuing its commitment to maximizing factory automation systems. The company continues to prioritize investing in innovative products and technology in an effort to advance as a global general automation system manufacturer. Through innovative resolution for customer problems, it has established a core competitive advantage and continues to build on that reputation through the deployment of collaborative robots.

"TPC Mechatronics has been investing in ways to deliver world class customer satisfaction for decades," said Scott Eckert, president and CEO of Rethink Robotics. "By delivering a new level of automation to the factory floor through the use of collaborative robots like Sawyer, it is giving customers greater flexibility and increased efficiencies, all while living up to its reputation for service."

TPC Mechatronics was founded in 1973 and has experienced 40 years of steady growth in trade, distribution, pneumatic equipment, environmental contamination prevention and more. A formal partnership announcement will take place at the World Robot Conference in Seoul where Rethink Robotics' Founder, Chairman and CTO Rodney Brooks will be a featured speaker on October 12th.

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About Rethink Robotics
Rethink Robotics is transforming the way manufacturing gets done, with smart, collaborative robots able to automate the 90 percent of tasks that until now, have been beyond the reach of traditional automation. Its Baxter and Sawyer robots, powered by the Intera software platform, adapt to real-world variability, can change applications quickly and perform tasks like people do. The result: manufacturers of all shapes, sizes and industries get the fast-to-deploy, easy-to-use and versatile automation solution they need to increase flexibility, lower cost and accelerate innovation.

Based in Boston, the Rethink product suite is available in Asia, Europe and North America. The company is funded by Bezos Expeditions, CRV, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, DFJ, Two Sigma Ventures, GE Ventures and Goldman Sachs. For more information about Rethink Robotics, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @RethinkRobotics.

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