Ann Arbor’s Robotic Industries Association (RIA), an industry trade organization, Tuesday announced it has formed a strategic partnership with MassRobotics, a nonprofit hub of robotics startups in Massachusetts.
The purpose of the partnership is to support and advance the innovations and technologies from robotics organizations to further grow national conversation about and activity within the industry. RIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). The partnership will provide MassRobotics access to the A3 network of more than 1,100 automation-focused companies in the robotics, vision, and motion control sectors across North America as well as leading system integrators, distributors, and users of these technologies.
“We’ve formed this partnership to make the greatest use of MassRobotics’ resident companies, partners, and industry influence, and combine it with RIA’s powerful network to connect to other players in the industry and, ultimately, bring robotics technology to market quicker,” says Jeff Burnstein, RIA president.
“MassRobotics has experienced much success in serving as an innovation hub for robotics in the Boston area, across Massachusetts, and even globally. We’re excited to partner with this robotics cluster organization and share in its growth and impact in the region and throughout the world.”
MassRobotics’ mission is to create and grow the next generation of robotics and smart connected device companies in Massachusetts. It provides entrepreneurs and innovators the facilities and resources they need to develop, prototype, test, and nurture early ideas.
“MassRobotics is always looking to establish value for its partners and residents and to continue to drive successful robotics products and solutions to the market,” says Tom Ryden, executive director of MassRobotics. “RIA is a national advocate for the robotics industry, and this initiative to connect robotics groups around the country is exciting, forward-thinking, and necessary to ensure this fast-growing industry has the structures in place to thrive.”
RIA plans to form partnerships with other robotics organizations throughout the U.S. and globally.