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Quantum International Corp. (QUAN) is an emerging robotics innovation company that's setting the stage for the next generation of automation technology. The company is targeting leading-edge developers of advanced robotics technologies for acquisition or partnership, with the goal of developing and marketing these technologies to meet fast rising global demand. In particular, the company is exploring new innovations in medical robotics, adding one exploding market on top of another.
With the rapid advancement of sophisticated sensory and control electronics, the promise of economic robotic applications is finally becoming a reality. Although industrial robots have been around for a long time, smaller, lighter, and less expensive versions are finally beginning to play a serious role in the marketplace. It's much like the development of the computer, from a room-size electrical monster, costing millions, to a desktop, laptop, and now handheld electronic wizard that almost anyone can afford.
The worldwide demand for robots is growing rapidly, seen as a now affordable source of controlled energy. The global market for robots is currently estimated at $3.2 billion, with experts projecting the industry to approach $70 billion by 2025. In addition industrial applications, robots are now a crucial part of everyday life for an increasing number of individuals in their home. Personal assistance robots are helping the elderly, paralyzed, and chronically ill lead more independent lives, presenting a major breakthrough in home care with countless benefits.
Add to that the natural growth of the massive health care industry, and medical technology, and it's easy to see why, according to ABI Research, the medical robots industry is expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2016. As an example, various forms of robotic technology are already being used in hospital operating rooms to make difficult or impossible operative procedures now doable. But that same technology can be applied to many other industries, such as consumer electronics, agriculture, wind and solar, and manufacturing.
QUAN is seeking out leading-edge developers of advanced robotics technologies for potential acquisition or partnership. It is QUAN's goal to market and develop these technologies to meet exploding global demand.
Robotics has taken center stage in the medical world and within other industries such as manufacturing, logistics, agriculture and others. In North America alone, a total of 19,337 robots valued at $1.17 billion were sold to various companies. The global market for robotics is estimated at $3.2 billion dollars-and rising. Industry experts project that the robotics industry is on target to be a $70 billion dollar industry by 2025. Advancements in robotics have caused a boom in the industry, but the market hasn't been able to keep up with demand.
QUAN is in a unique position to spearhead the most cutting-edge innovations in robotics while leveraging the worldwide demand for the precision, speed, and cost-effectiveness these technologies offer.
QUAN: Fostering Prosperity with Technology
Robotics will be a major driver for global job creation over the next five years. According to the International Federation of Robotics, one million industrial robots currently in operation have been directly responsible for the creation of close to three million jobs globally. Industry experts also predict that growth in robot use over the next five years will result in the creation of one million high quality jobs.
Robots will be critical around the world in industries like consumer electronics, agriculture, wind & solar, and advanced battery manufacturing. This represents an incredible opportunity for QUAN and its investors. We're working aggressively to capitalize on the growing shift to automated technologies across a wide variety of industries.
QUAN is set to take robotics into the 21st century. Become part of this new revolution.
Robert Federowicz - Chief Executive Officer
Business savvy and a comprehensive knowledge of the international market-these are just a couple of the attributes that Robert Federowicz, Chief Executive Officer at Quantum International Corp., brings to the table. Drawing from a decade of experience leading early-stage, publicly-traded companies, Federowicz has established a rock-solid business plan at QUAN, spearheading initiatives that may lead to potentially lucrative partnerships and acquisitions within the burgeoning robotics industry.
Federowicz will utilize his expertise to continually build QUAN's brand and deliver significant returns to early investors as the company takes its place as a global provider of material handling technology. By seeking out leading-edge companies in the medical, automotive, agriculture, and logistics sectors, among others, Federowicz will position the company as a resource for next-gen robotics products and technology.
The use of robotics within the medical field, for example, has had positive effects on patients, such as less time spent in the hospital, less risk of infection, and faster recovery. By teaming up with hospitals and other modern medical facilities, QUAN can ensure that these technologies are more affordable and adopted faster. Federowicz's experience in fostering these types of relationships will propel the company forward.
- QUAN is moving aggressively to become a real player in the global robotics market, which is forecast to grow in value to approximately $21.4 billion by 2014.
- With many different sectors exploring new possibilities for robotics, QUAN expects to find a large, diverse market for the innovations it will commercialize.
- QUAN targets only the most promising emerging technologies for commercialization, delivering the highest-potential investment opportunity to our shareholders.
- Three robotics companies were included in FastCompany's list of the Worlds' 50 Most Innovative Companies. QUAN could be next!
- Sales of medical robots in 2010 increased by 14% compared to 2009 to 932 units, accounting for a share of 7% of the total sales of professional service robots.
- The sales value for field robots was about $ 744 million globally, accounting for about 24% of the total value of professional service robot sales.
- The use of logistic systems in factories, hospitals, public buildings and outdoor areas, e.g. in ports, increased by 10% to more than 900 units in 2010.
- In 2011, $160 million in investment dollars was made by venture capitalists directly into robotics companies.
- Huge robotics acquisitions are becoming common-Softbank acquired an 80% interest in Aldebaran for $100 million.
With the demand for sophisticated new robots growing by the day, technology innovators are developing incredible new automatons that are poised to revolutionize a wide range of industries. Quantum International targets only the most promising new technologies for commercialization, delivering the best investment opportunity possible to our shareholders.
The robots making a commercial impact today have little to do with C-3PO, Terminator, Rosie the Maid, or other humanoid robots from popular culture. Instead, working robots are surprisingly diverse and, rather than mimic humans' every move, focus on a few very specific tasks.
Currently, we're evaluating a variety of exciting new technologies across a broad range of sectors:
CO-ROBOTS: ROBOTS AS CO-WORKERS AND CO-INHABITANTS
Robots typically fall somewhere on a spectrum between direct teleoperation and full autonomy. Unfortunately, teleoperation can be cumbersome, and full autonomy is often illusive. Somewhere in the middle lies a compelling trade-off, where humans and co-robots collaborate to perform practical tasks, such as delivering medication to a person. Co-robots are at the heart of the $70 million National Robotics Initiative (NRI) and they represent a definitive step toward robots migrating out of factories and academic labs and into our everyday lives.
3D SENSING: THE KINECT REVOLUTION CONTINUES
Last year, a curious adornment started appearing on many robots' heads. It was Kinect, the now-popular Microsoft 3D sensor. Cheap and easy to use, Kinect made 3D mapping and motion sensing accessible, and the robotics community has embraced it. New opportunities for robotics now abound thanks to a toy found in many homes today.
CLOUD ROBOTICS: THE FORECAST CALLS FOR CLOUDS
Several research groups are exploring the idea of robots that rely on cloud-computing infrastructure to access vast amounts of processing power and data. This approach, which some are calling "cloud robotics," would allow robots to offload compute-intensive tasks like image processing and voice recognition and even download new skills instantly. We predict a lot of activity happening in this area in 2012.
SMARTPHONE-BASED ROBOTS: THE NEW ROBOT BRAINS
Almost every robot these days need a combination of sensors, CPU, display, and network connectivity. Smartphones and tablets offer a combination of sensors, CPU, display, and network connectivity. Do you see where this is going? At one end of the spectrum, iRobot has demonstrated a remote presence prototype robot called Ava, which uses a tablet to control its mobile base. At the other end of the spectrum, two Seattle engineers quickly raised over US $100,000 on fundraising website Kickstarter with the promise of developing a cute little smartphone-powered robot called Romo (pictured below). These are just two examples of a trend that we believe has earth-shattering potential for robotics.
FACTORY ROBOT HELPERS: THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
Last year, an announcement from electronics manufacturer giant Foxconn took the robotics community by surprise. The Taiwanese company said it was going to add 1 million robots to its assembly lines over the next three years. One million robots is a lot of robots-in fact, it's double the current industrial robot population.
RAPID PROTOTYPING: A 3D PRINTER IN EVERY HOME
Rapid prototyping is incredibly useful; being able to quickly fabricate a part can save thousands of dollars, eliminate days of waiting, and allow you to figure out whether your neat design is indeed brilliant-or a flop.
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: CROWDED SKIES
Small UAVs, and in particular quadrotors, were huge in 2011. "They provide an entry path to UAVs for people who couldn't have worked on them in the past," one researcher told us. "I would expect interest in that to continue and grow." Last year was just the beginning. In 2012, we expect to see additional UAV up-take by both professional and "citizen" researchers looking for inexpensive robot platforms.
BIONICS: THE LINE BETWEEN HUMANS AND MACHINES GETS BLURIER
Cyborgs and other man-machine hybrids have long captured people's imagination. We're still far from the technology envisioned in science fiction shows like "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Robocop," but researchers have made significant progress in the past two years. Areas like robotic prostheses and brain-machine interfaces seem to be building lots of momentum, and we expect to see some promising milestones reached in 2012.