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SoftBank Robotics partners with NextFMRobotics

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with NextFMRobotics, a sister company of Kenter gmbh, providing cleaning solutions, equipment and products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH).

Under the agreement, Kenter will now offer Whiz (Europe’s first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper) through its new NextFMRobotics brand, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.

By implementing Whiz into its cleaning operations, NextFMRobotics can help its clients to significantly improve cleaning performance and drive efficiencies. Importantly, Kenter can demonstrate innovation and deliver the new approaches contractors need in the ongoing fight against Covid-19.

Steffen Herrmann, Managing Director of NextFMRobotics, said: “We see huge potential for Whiz to make a real difference to our clients, increasing cleaning performance and helping to meet heightened client expectations around hygiene as a result of Covid-19. Whiz will enable our customers to meet and exceed service level agreements, through greater levels of consistency and improvements in operational efficiency and agility. FM and cleaning contractors are urgently looking for innovative solutions in what is an extremely challenging market, and we’re delighted that we can now bring them Whiz.”

Whiz is a simple to use and reliable self-driving cleaning solution designed for vacuuming. It works alongside commercial cleaning teams, taking over repetitive, heavy-duty vacuuming of large areas of flooring, and freeing up workers to focus on high value tasks which make a real difference to service delivery and client satisfaction. For example, the sanitisation of hard surfaces, such as door handles and lift buttons, which is critical in preventing the transmission of Covid-19.

This is the latest in a series of new partnerships that Softbank Robotics EMEA has signed this month, across Europe.

Jesper Christensen VP Sales & Product at SoftBank Robotics EMEA, said: “We always look to work with forward-thinking cleaning solutions providers that are committed to delivering innovation and business value to their clients – and to helping them navigate these extremely challenging times. Kenter is exactly that and the launch of their new proposition in NextFMRobotics is something which we’re excited to be involved with.

“We’re seeing a real surge in demand for Whiz amongst FM providers and cleaning contractors across the whole region as the pandemic continues to disrupt economies and businesses. Contractors are facing huge pressure to deliver improved cleaning performance and consistency, to ensure buildings are safe and hygienic, and to encourage people back to work, as and when lockdown restrictions are eased. Whiz has a big part to play in this, freeing up cleaning staff to focus on high-traffic, high-touch areas, and picking up the slack when team members are absent.”

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