Beijing suburb inks some US$55m worth of deals for surgical, gas-filling robots

Beijing has stepped up its efforts to build up a vibrant robotic industry in conjunction with neighboring Hebei and Tianjin.

A suburban district of Beijing signed contracts with two robotic companies for 400 million yuan (US$54.76 million) at the ongoing China International Fair for Trade in Services.

This set a template for closer collaboration between the city’s authorities and robotic businesses from the northern Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Beijing News reported yesterday that Mentougou, a suburban district of the Chinese capital, had reached an agreement with Keypoint Surgical (科鹏医疗), a Beijing-based medical equipment company, and Yijiayou, a gas-filling robot manufacturer, to procure their products and services.

Keypoint Surgical secured a deal to supply its surgical robotic systems to hospitals in the district for 300 million yuan.

The company specializes in making robots capable of performing surgical procedures through the patient’s body cavities.

According to news reports, Keypoint Surgical’s core technologies are all developed in-house, with its patented products consisting of urological surgical robots and robots that perform through natural human cavities.

The Beijing suburb also inked a 100-million-yuan deal with Yijiayou Intelligent Robotics Co., Ltd, a smart robotic company 50% owned by Sinopec, one of China’s largest refiners.

Robots from Yijiayou are reportedly the nation’s first that automate the gas-filling process at service stations.

cnrobopedia reported in February that the contraption can operate a mechanical arm to identify and open a car’s gas cap, insert the oil gun and fill the gas tank.

It is also able to recognize the color, shape, size and position of gas caps of different car brands and models, as well as figure out ways to open them on its own.

The robots have been certified for built-in anti-explosion technologies and independently made core components.

Beijing has stepped up its efforts to build up a vibrant robotic industry in conjunction with neighboring Hebei and Tianjin.

According to economic blueprints issued by these localities, each of them has a thriving robotic sector that is distinct and complementary.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at

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