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In addition to systems for internal transport and product processing in greenhouse horticulture that have been developed under our own management, KOAT supplies all kinds of machines and systems to various industries all over the world. These range from simple machines and construction work to complex, specialist systems.

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KOAT secures growth and future development within the One of A Kind Technologies group

KOAT B.V. will be acquired by One of A Kind Technologies (OOAKT), a successful high-tech specialist in vision and robotics in the fields of Pharma, Food and Agriculture.

KOAT was founded in 1992 as ‘Koppens Ontwikkeling en Aanvoer Techniek’. The last decade the company has further developed and grown under the direction and ownership of Managing Director, Kees van Dam. KOAT develops, delivers and integrates production processing lines and internal transport systems for the horticulture greenhouse market worldwide. It has a vast experience in automating the material handling of freshly harvested crops and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.

One of A Kind Technologies is a high-tech scale-up in Eindhoven, The Netherlands focused on Computer Vision & Robotics in its markets Agriculture, Food and Pharma. With its Crux Agribotics brand (http://cruxagribotics.com) it develops and delivers compelling and innovative robotics towards the agriculture and horticulture markets. Together with KOAT it developed the SortiPack® system which integrates Automated Grading, Sorting and Packing of Tomatoes and other crops enabling growers to scale up productivity with less dependence on human labor.

Both companies see the increasing demand for automation within the agriculture market world-wide. Increasing labor scarcity, cost and demands for flexible harvesting, packing and handling including track and tracing functionality to ensure food safety are key drivers for the companies’ growth strategies.

This milestone step will accelerate our capacity as leading Vision & Robotics player within the Agricultural domain’ says Alex E. Kind, CEO of One of A Kind Technologies. ‘With SortiPack® and our Robotics roadmap of end-to- end handling from harvest to packing, we are one of the frontrunners to enable new possibilities within the food processing and crop handling value chains. With KOAT joining our group, we can leverage our mutual IP, customer base and systems, providing additional value and perspective to our customers, partners and employees. We will continue to invest in R&D and local sales and service presence in key markets. Now the first SortiPack® systems have been sold successfully, we will also engage and contract designated partners and agents for specific geographical markets to ensure worldwide delivery’.

With the expansion of KOAT, the One of A Kind Technologies group comprises of 125 engineers and technicians active to deliver its technology worldwide.

“I am very satisfied, that particularly One of A Kind Technologies, being an innovative and leading high-tech company, sees the potential of KOAT. I am convinced that the future growth of KOAT is secured through this step and that KOAT will contribute to the group’s results immediately”, says Kees van Dam, former owner of KOAT.

Kees will remain in his position as Director of KOAT and will ensure, together with OOAKT Management, that the company’s strategy for the coming years will be realized.

No further details will be disclosed.

ABOUT One of A Kind Technologies

One of A Kind Technologies is as high-tech group specialized in Computer Vision & Robotics. As OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and turn-key development partner it delivers systems worldwide to the Food, Agriculture and Pharma markets. In these markets quality matters every day and warrants patient- and food safety. The systems developed by One of A Kind Technologies enable these markets to deliver only the right product to their clients, whilst automation technology ensures that this happens in the most optimal manner, in the right quality and that the end product is authentic, including the data associated with it.

Leading brands and members of the group are Beltech, Vimec Applied Vision Technology, Crux Agribotics and Smart Vision Center.

One of A Kind Technologies is active worldwide and offices in different countries are being set-up to deliver 24/7 services to target markets. In 2018, Belgian public investor GIMV N.V. joined as shareholder to provide One of A Kind Technologies with growth capital to realize its ambitious growth strategy based on organic growth combined with strategic add-on acquisitions.

More information on One of A Kind Technologies can be found on www.oneofakindtechnologies.nl More information on Crux Agribotics can be found on www.cruxagribotics.com and www.sortipack.com

ABOUT KOAT

KOAT B.V., an international machine- and system supplier of internal transport and material handling systems in the greenhouse horticulture. Besides systems developed by KOAT’s inhouse R&D department, it supplies and integrates machines from leading vendors to ensure an end-to-end production processing line. These range from simple machines and construction work to complex, specialist systems and special mechanical engineering.

More information on KOAT can be found on www.koat.nl For further information please contact:

Richard Vialle, Chief Commercial Officer, One of A Kind Technologies T: +31 40 747 0401 – E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kees van Dam, Director, KOAT B.V. T: +31 493 496 130 – E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Why collaborating and innovating together in the global Fresh Produce sector is more important than ever

How technology and smart robotics can limit the impact of future viruses and global threats

(This article is the basis behind a recent video message (below) prepared for the Fresh Produce market and for different interviews held with our CCO & Founder, Richard Vialle)

COVID-19 is affecting all of us. All over the world we are being challenged by this situation. It is our firm belief that in these days, we need to collaborate to address urgent needs, and at the same time to look forward, on how we can limit the impact of future threats like these.

As a technology group at One of A Kind Technologies, we deliver automation technology within the Food, Pharma and Agriculture markets. It is our purpose that we keep serving these vital markets who ensure that people get medicines and have access to healthy food.

We would like to express our recognition and gratitude for all growers, farmers and packing centers for their unlimited commitment to bring fresh and healthy food to our tables every day.

Covid-19 has been rapidly spreading across the globe. Measures to prevent further spread are affecting the industry via demand, labor availability, logistics, and increased cost for all adaptive measures.

At KOAT and Crux Agribotics we supply technology towards the Fresh Produce markets. In this difficult time, our teams remain committed to deliver technology for harvest processing, and to ensure that vegetables and fruit can be buffered, sorted and packed in the correct way.

What COVID-19 reiterated is the dependency on global supply chains (for seeds, technology and labor). It also exposed how dependency on human labor impacts the continuity of these vital processes directly.

It is that finding, that has driven our investments into R&D for Robotics, computer vision and deep learning to ensure a consistent, hygienic and scalable process for food producers, where dependency on human labor can be minimized to acceptable and manageable levels.

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Moving forward, we would like to invite the industry to work together with us to innovate and to define and to realize greenhouses, packing centers and production systems that are resilient for future viruses and global threats. In anticipation here of, we have increased our investments into our SortiPack® Robotics for automatic grading, sorting and packing for multiple crops.

By collaborating and sharing experiences from this crisis, we can accelerate automation where possible and develop new business models with the sector that enables them to adopt new technology in a smoother way, paying per month or per capacity used, aligned with current seasonal or variable costs. To validate feasibility jointly, we will expand our facilities for testing your products. 



We are into this together, and we are willing to walk the extra mile, to work with the sector to create platforms together with technology suppliers, growers and breeders to ensure future proof systems and safe environments within the food industry.

For now, we would like to wish all of you in the industry, all the strength and perseverance needed.

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