Tokyo, Japan – November 15, 2018– QBIT Robotics Corp. ("QBIT") (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Hiroya Nakano) a robotics service provider, announces a business and capital tie-up with UCC Holdings Co., Ltd. ("UCC") (Registered Office: Kobe; Group Chief Executive Officer and President: Gota Ueshima). Through this tie-up, the parties aim to expand a robot café business providing efficient, fun and delicious coffee and beverages with service robots.
The UCC Group, founded in 1933, has successfully developed an integrated "cup to seed" coffee business under the UCC brand name. In the Japanese market, UCC holds the top share in the regular coffee market as well as in the markets for business, household and industrial use.
Within the UCC Group, UCC Foods Co., Ltd. (“UCC Foods”) has approximately 100,000 coffee and food wholesale business partners nationwide, bringing in around 100 billion yen in sales. Lucky Coffee Machine Co., Ltd.. ("Lucky Coffee Machine") accounts for 35% of the domestic market coffee machine share and has contracts for maintenance of 110,000 machines. UCC Food Service Systems Inc. operates 230 coffee shops throughout Japan mainly under the "Ueshima Coffee Shop” name.
QBIT was founded in January 2018, by a team that includes engineers who have supported the implementation of service robots and experienced members of the ICT industry. QBIT focuses on the use of "collaborative robots," robots designed to work with humans, which have received much attention in recent years. QBIT proposes using robots to bring efficiency and fun to robot cafés and other food service outlets.
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