BYD-backed Agibot partners with Lingang Group to unlock synergies in robotics

In a statement sent to media, Lingang Group said it looks to accelerate the maturization and mass adoption of Agibot's humanoids, so as to help the startup "scale up from 0-10," and then "accompany it on its way to reaching 100."

Shanghai Lingang Group, a state-owned economic zone developer that counts SAIC and Tesla’s gigafactories in its jurisdiction, recently signed an agreement of strategic cooperation with general-purpose robot startup Agibot (智元机器人), local media reported yesterday.

According to the agreement, signed on August 28, Lingang Group will create a number of application scenarios for Agibot to test, refine and iterate its humanoid robots.

Agibot shot to fame recently for launching the full-size humanoid Raise A1, which has been ridding the crest of a wave of embodied AI and general-purpose robotics.

Specifically, the use cases will involve automaking, 3C production and logistics sectors.

In a statement sent to media, Lingang Group said it looks to accelerate the maturization and mass adoption of Agibot’s humanoids, so as to help the startup “scale up from 0-10,” and then “accompany it on its way to reaching 100.”

The two sides also vowed to partner with governments, industrial players, universities and research institutes, to forge strong collaborative networks, so as to better translate research results into commercial products.

Their tie-up also aims to nurture developers and partners, as part of the goal to create an ecosystem and foster synergies throughout the robotic industrial chain.

Agibot was founded in February 2023 with its head office in the extended Lingang Special Area, which covers 873 sqm.

The startup is committed to the integration of AI and robotics, with the vision of building world-class embodied AI robots and innovations targeting real-world application.

Agibot has been in the media headlines of late. Its humanoid robot Raise A1 made its debut to great fanfare, followed by a fundraiser backed by big-name investors such as China’ EV giant BYD (比亚迪).

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