Aug. 30, 2017
Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation to enhance its robotics-related business

Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer: Kuniharu Nakamura) is increasing its focus on robotics-related business across the group in an effort to promote a world where robots and humans successfully live and work together. As part of this, we will sponsor the World Robot Summit (WRS) 2018 as a global partner. The WRS is an international event hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) with the aim of accelerating the R&D and practical implementation of robotic technologies.
Japan is a global robot market leader with the world’s largest number of units shipped and in service. Aiming to further grow the industry, the government has announced its New Robot Strategy. In view of the nation’s aging population and social infrastructure, the industry is expected to develop and introduce new robotic systems based on the concept of service robots, mainly for nursing care assistance and infrastructure inspection and maintenance.
Sumitomo Corporation has already invested in a host of robotic technology ventures and startups while promoting and expanding the introduction of robotic systems in the group’s various operations around the world. Through our sponsorship of the WRS, we will enhance our relationships with robotics-related companies, thereby contributing to the further development of the sector.

Sumitomo Corporation supports various robotics projects, including:
(1)Communication robot (Unirobot Inc.)
(2)Autonomous robot (ZMP Inc.)
(3)Collaborative robot (Rethink Robotics Inc./Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.)

Communication robot:
(Unirobot Inc.)

Logistics support robot:
(ZMP Inc.)

Collaborative robot:
(Rethink Robotics Inc./Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.)

About the WRS
The WRS consists of two programs: the World Robot Challenge competition and the World Robot Expo for exhibiting the latest technologies. Professionals from around the world are expected to participate in projects aimed at accelerated R&D and practical implementation of robotic technologies for personal, public and industrial purposes.
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Event logo

Event Outline
Event name: World Robot Summit 2018 Tokyo
Date: October 17-21, 2018
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight East Halls 7/8

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■Sumitomo Corporation’s Material Issues
Sumitomo Corporation Group positions “Six Material Issues to Achieve Sustainable Growth with Society” as an important factor in developing business strategies and in the decision-making process for individual businesses. Going forward, we will pursue sustainable growth by resolving these issues through our business activities. This project especially contributes to “the Development of Local Communities and Industries” and “Establishing a Foundation for Comfortable and Enriching Lifestyles”.


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