Specialized robot maker Quantum closes US$2.1m pre-Series A funding

Founded in 2016, the Xi'an-based startup ventured from the automation business into mining and metallurgy scenarios, a shift that proved crucial to its fortunes.

Quantum Intelligence (量子智能), a manufacturer of specialized robot catering to dangerous work scenarios, has raised 15 million yuan (US$2.1 million) in a pre-Series A round of funding backed by Ying Capital, Chinese tech media outlet 36Kr reported today.

Proceeds from this financing round will be spent on technological and product iteration, talent recruitment and market exploration, the company said in a press release.

Founded in 2016, the Xi’an-based startup ventured from the automation business into mining and metallurgy scenarios, a shift that proved crucial to its fortunes.

From that point onward, it began to roll out primarily two types of specialized robots tailored to work at height and anti-explosion inspection.

In 2022, China’s market for aerial work platform reached 13.3 billion yuan, up 27.88% over a year earlier, and is forecast to hit 16.9 billion yuan this year.

Quantum’s work-at-height robots are occasionally deployed to scenarios involving wind turbine support tower, large-sized ship and chemical storage tank.

They perform tasks such as rust removal, paint spray and cleaning in areas characterized by a high level of danger, operational difficulty and surging labor costs.

In terms of technology, Quantum Intelligence’s robots incorporate sanding modules developed based on proprietary force feedback mechanisms.

Additionally, compared to traditional forms of polishing, which requires water or sand, the robots from Quantum can function without them and have a lower reliance on high-pressure pumps and waste water retrieval equipment during operation.

These features also lead to dwindling costs for clients as well as less environmental pollution.

In another realm where Quantum Intelligence has established a foothold, its robots are applied in smelters and mines around the country to shuttle back and forth along conveyor belts, in case ores or other production materials fall from them.

The robots are designed to cope with blast and blaze risks in these environments.

Notably, following the switch, the firm has been riding on waves of booming demand for robots to supplant human labor. In 2022 alone, its sales rocketed three times to around 10 million yuan.

A fleet of inspection robots from Quantum has been adopted by clients in northwestern China’s Gansu and Qinghai and Shandong in northern China.

“Quantum Intelligence is committed to full-stack development and production of specialized robots, steadily eracting barriers in data management, use case and customer service,” Ying Capital, the backer, said in a statement.

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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, Trip.com 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 nitao0927@gmail.com.

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