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December 13, 2018

LG Electronics acquires local robot firm

PUBLISHED : July 17, 2018 - 17:20

UPDATED : July 17, 2018 - 17:20

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[THE INVESTOR] LG Electronics said on July 17 it has acquired Robostar, a local robot company, as part of its business diversification strategy.

The Korean tech giant took over a controlling 30 percent stake in the robot manufacturer. It invested in a 20 percent stake by purchasing 1.95 million common stocks worth about 53.6 billion won (US$47.60 million) and bought a 10 percent stake held by the firm’s executives.

LG said it plans to acquire an additional 3.4 percent stake in Robostar held by the firm‘s management by the end of 2019, bringing its total stake ownership in Robostar to 33.4 percent.

Established in 1999, Robostar is known for its prominent technologies in making robots, including those for the production of semiconductors and cars.

LG said it will utilize Robostar’s industrial robot technologies in establishing what it calls intelligence factories.

In June, the company said it invested US$3 million in the U.S.-based Bossa Nova Robotics, marking the first time the company had injected funds into an overseas robot developer.

By Song Seung-hyun and newswires (ssh@heraldcorp.com)

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