Stow Group launches new robotics brand

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by Emily Atkins

Stow Group has launched a new brand, Movu Robotics to replace the name Stow Robotics.

Movu is based in new headquarters located in Lokeren, near Antwerp in Belgium. Under a single roof, it includes engineering, R&D, production, and an Experience Centre where the latest technologies can be demonstrated to customers and partners.  

Stow Group has 40 years’ experience as a supplier of logistics and materials handling solutions.

The Movu portfolio of robots.

Stow Robotics was established in 2021 as part of the Stow Group and has developed a portfolio of automation and robotics solutions for pallets, bins and items. This comprises Movu Atlas, a pallet shuttle system; Movu Escala, a ramp shuttle solution for bins; Movu Ifollow, a collaborative Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) system for pallets and additional load carriers; and the new picking robot Movu Eligo.

For projects in the main vertical markets, especially in e-commerce, FMCG and cold storage in Europe and North America, Movu Robotics will deliver standardized plug and play solutions that require less engineering and grant short lead times for execution. 

“Faced with challenges of labour shortages, cost increases, storage density, growing volumes and improving accuracy, companies are turning to robotics and automation for solutions,” said Jos de Vuyst, CEO of Stow Group.

“Movu Robotics offers an integrated ecosystem of standardized and scalable automation technology that speeds roll out and reduces risk for all kinds of customers.”

de Vuyst said the company is optimistic that Movu Robotics will become an essential player in the global material handling equipment market that is expected to reach USD 350 billion.

Stow Group now has two independent brands under its roof: Stow Racking and Movu Robotics.

All Stow Group products, business activities and operations in the field of Robotics and Automation, including R&D, production, sales and finance, will be grouped as an independent and stand-alone business unit under the Movu Robotics brand in the new headquarters in Lokeren. This includes the operations of the Ifollow business, which is now the brand name of the Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) offered by Movu.

The management team will be led by Jos de Vuyst, CEO of Stow Group and Stefan Pieters, CEO of Movu Robotics. Both Stow Group and Movu Robotics are driven by a strong team of board members, comprising experience from the logistics industry and from other sectors.