County Durham’s Wootzano reveals US expansion for fruit and veg robot tech

Robotics innovator Wootzano has expanded into the US, having launched a partnership with a Californian business.
The County Durham-based maker of dexterous robots that can pick delicate fruit and vegetables has launched the first of its Avarai systems in the US which will be used for grape packaging. It hopes the technology will appeal to producers facing labour shortages in packaging sheds.
Following UK research and development of the system, which use a “skin” that gives the robotic arms greater sensory awareness needed for careful packing work, Wootzano hopes it will encourage more tech-based employment opportunities in the sector. It says the US move is part o …