Pune-based cleaning and material handling equipment maker Bharati Robotics has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from its existing investors – Society For Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE, IITB Incubator), and other angel investors. The raised fund will be used to expand the manufacturing capacity and technology applicability and cater to demand from both local and global customers, according to the company statement.
Founded by Debashis Das in 2015, Bharati Robotics aims to accelerate the applications of robotic solutions in cleaning and material handling equipment such as scrubber-driers and sweepers. The company has also been successful in getting tech-giant Intel’s support for technology integration and adaption; and, plans to introduce its products in global market too.
Debashis Das said, ” We believe adoption of robotics will not only increase efficiency across processes in industries but will be restructuring the markets and sectors, and will eventually make the economy more robust creating more quality and well-paying jobs. We are thankful to the respected stakeholders for their soaring faith on us.”
Appreciating Team Bharati’s effort, Pankaj Kumar Singh, Member, Board Of Advisory, Bharati Robotics stated, “The team is small but very well capable of transforming the global perspective of people towards Robotics and are all set to become the key change agent in the Global market in this era of Robotics & Automation.”
Robotic Cleaning: The Current Indian Market Scenario
While Bharati Robotics aims to cater to the industrial space as well as malls and housekeeping at hotels, mechanised cleaning in India has been the forte of foreign players like Sealed Air, Karcher, IPC, and Nilfisk. Sealed Air has already acquired the USA’s leading robotics brand Intellibot and has introduced Internet of Clean across a range of cleaning equipment and hygiene products. Nilfisk too has joined hands with Carnegie Robotics to provide nextGen cleaning solutions. Recently, cleaning & hygiene with a market potential of over $150 Bn has attracted many entrepreneurs to start their own startups and provide distinct solutions. Another indigenous cleaning equipment manufacturer Benaka Engineering too has come up with some smart-sensor based cleaning approach. However, except Roots Multiclean and Alano Motors, other indigenous cleaning equipment manufacturers still have a long journey to cover. Bharati Robotics claims to have received numerous enquiries and enrollments from big brands and corporates across India, the US and Europe as well as distribution requests/enquiries from 17 countries across the globe.
So far limited to manufacturing cleaning and material handling equipment only, Bharati Robotics has plans to introduce their autonomous solutions in other sectors too, such as agriculture, infrastructure and defence. The Pune-based company has already been recognised as a startup by the DIPP, government of India.