Robotics and technology
The future is coming to Chile and it includes robots
One of the world’s cutting edge robotics company has been drawn to the Andean nation by its booming economy and world-class research facilities.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Photo courtesy of Quantum International.
If humanoid robots building machinery in factories or working to extract resources in mines deep underground sounds like science fiction to you, then think again, robots are coming. . . and soon they may be made in Chile.
One company at the forefront of the robotic revolution has turned its attention to the Andean powerhouse, drawn by the country’s robust economic expansion, research facilities and industrial players.
Quantum International Corp. is an emerging robotics company that is innovating techniques to commercialize a new generation of highly sophisticated, automated technology.
"The Chilean government is a strong supporter of developing business sectors, as the nation's enticing economic growth prove," said Quantum CEO Robert Federowicz. "The robotics industry is no exception. The country's world-class universities, diverse population and labor costs rivaling China's make Chile a prime locale for an emerging robotics company such as Quantum to do business."
With a GDP that grew 5.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 - compared to an average of 3.7 percent in the booming region of Latin American - Chile has emerged as a world leader since the global economic slowdown four years ago.
In addition to a robust and expanding economy, Chile can also boast a wealth of robotic research resources - not least the robotics and autonomous systems program of the Universidad de Chile in Santiago.
Much of the current robotics infrastructure can be linked to the country’s booming mining industry, which is eager to expand its automated technological capacity to help prevent the kind of disasters most spectacularly represented by the 33 trapped miners who made global headlines in 2010.
Quantum, a small but growth-oriented company is hoping to put this economic growth and beneficial research and industrial environment to achieve its ambitious expansion strategies, at reach the massive potential offered by an industry that some experts predict to reach US$70 billion by 2025.