Gideon Brothers: DB Schenker Takes on Croatian Robots

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Bernard Ivezic writes on the 29th of October, 2019, this encouraging new deal for the Croatian startup coincides with the conclusion of the second round of funding in the amount of 19.4 million kuna.

The Croatian startup Gideon Brothers has delivered its robots to the leading European logistician, DB Schenker. The value of the job as well as the number of robots Gideon Brothers have put together for the job have not been released.

Matija Kopic, CEO and co-founder of Gideon Brothers, emphasised that this impressive job is a testament to the technological leap the Croatian startup has made.

“Autonomous machines, equipped with visual perception and artificial intelligence will succeed where older technology has lagged behind – it will become ubiquitous in industrial environments. We are incredibly proud to have built a team that has the potential – vision and expertise – to enhance the handling of mateials in closed production and logistics environments,” he says.

DB Schenker has previously tested these Croatian robots on commissioning and ordering jobs, speeding thIngs up and allowing employees to focus on more complex tasks. A few weeks after the start of the project, DB Schenker expanded the pilot project by adding a significant number of new points for picking up and delivering cargo.

Kopic points out that this confirms the flexibility of the entire system. Gideon Brothers state that during the first month of the pilot project, the typical distance travelled by each Croatian robot exceeded 26 km per week.

Xavier Garijo, a member of the Contract Logistics Committee at Schenker AG, says the robots have been tested at their facility in Leipzig.

“In an effort to provide clients with strategic advantages in an increasingly complex digital environment, DB Schenker is continuously exploring the possibilities of applying the innovation of visionary start-ups, and opportunities to automate logistics and warehousing operations are the basis for building the next generation supply chain,” says Garijo.

As previously stated, the Croatian startup added that this deal coincides with the conclusion of the second round of funding, in which they raised 19.6 million kuna in capital. Gideon’s total investment thus increased to 4.83 million euros.

In the second round, Pentland Ventures, NJF Capital and Linic Ltd invested in Gideon, while Hardware Club, Taavet Hinrikus and Ivan Topcic and Luca Ascani seized the opportunity to increase previous investments in the Croatian robotics company.

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