HIROTEC AMERICA Signs Value-Added Reseller Agreement with OTTO Motors, a Division of Clearpath Robotics

Auburn Hills, MI., August 1, 2019 – HIROTEC AMERICA, a member of the HIROTEC Group, a global automotive supplier specializing in the production of body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and closure manufacturing equipment, announced it has signed a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Robotics.

This new agreement will allow HIROTEC AMERICA to sell and integrate OTTO Motors’ self-driving technology to improve efficiencies by orchestrating flexible, adaptable, and lean material pickup and delivery. HIROTEC AMERICA’s relationship with OTTO Motors and Clearpath began in 2016 when HIROTEC developed a mobile robotic process utilizing OTTO’s self-driving base to simplify the black oxidizing process of its small parts.

“I am excited to welcome HIROTEC AMERICA to the growing list of Certified Value-Added Reseller for OTTO products”, said Mr. Bharat Nair, Vice President Channel Programs at Clearpath Robotics. “HIROTEC brings decades of manufacturing expertise and is able to couple their broad manufacturing and automation expertise with the industry leading solution from Clearpath for unique differentiated solutions to reduce cost while improving efficiencies for material transport.”

With over 85 years of manufacturing know-how, HIROTEC’s expertise in lean and innovative manufacturing combined with the utilization of OTTO Motors’ self-driving application and technology enables HIROTEC to bring a wide variety of solutions to customers including material transport, mobile robotics, and innovative assembly systems.

“Offering OTTO Motors’ self-driving technology in conjunction with HIROTEC’s expertise in Industry 4.0 and lean manufacturing will allow us to offer our customers a next generation solution to reduce overhead costs and improve operating efficiencies,” stated Jim Toeniskoetter, President and COO of HIROTEC AMERICA. “We look forward to working closely with manufacturing companies in a variety of industries to develop a solution to fit their unique manufacturing and production needs.”

HIROTEC is currently utilizing OTTO Motors’ self-driving system in its newly developed closure production lines at their headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan for material transport, with plans to continue to integrate this technology within its other Group Companies.

To see HIROTEC’s mobile robot utilizing OTTO Motors’ self-driving technology in action, please visit https://youtu.be/4lpxRzhmwUw


HIROTEC Group was established in 1932 to deliver body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and highly flexible closure manufacturing tooling to automotive customers around the world. With a worldwide headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, HIROTEC operates 28 facilities in eight countries with a workforce totaling over 6,000 global employees. For more information, please visit www.hirotecamerica.com.

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