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Solstice AV activates new UK robotics division

Distributor partners with Pudu Robotics to introduce a range of commercial service robots into the UK mainstream marketplace

Solstice AV has announced a new partnership with Pudu Robotics, alongside the creation of a new robotics division, designed to accelerate growth of the global-leading commercial service robots in the UK. 

With the service delivery robot market predicted to grow to $100bn globally by 2030, Solstice is the first trade-only distributor to make commercial service robots available to the channel. Leveraging a local stock holding, rapid delivery, and a national network of over 100 qualified engineers, Solstice is set to enable resellers to enter this rapidly growing market with minimal investment in technical resource.

“Today, restaurants, hotels and retailers face daily challenges with attracting and retaining employees, as well as constantly spiralling costs,” said Lee Hooker, commercial director at Solstice. “Pudu Robotics’ service delivery robots address all of these challenges, supplementing the existing workforce with reliable, efficient backup, and allowing staff to focus on what’s important – the customer.

“Research shows that adding robots to a hospitality business fills the staff gap, reduces costs and makes for happier employees and clientele. We will be providing local stock holding with a full-service offering, including on-site installation, hotline support and on-site warranty for all Pudu robots, giving resellers a fast entry into this rapidly-growing and exciting market, while allowing end customers to purchase from the existing suppliers they know and trust.”

Leo Hu, UK country manager at Pudu Robotics, added: “We’re very happy to have Solstice as our first trade only distributor in the UK. Through Solstice and their reseller network, we will be able to address the challenges and needs of our customers with our award-winning commercial service robots and Solstice’s unique service-led distribution.

“The commercial service robot market is growing rapidly with predictions stating that 25% of hospitality workers will be robots by 2030. Solstice will give us the local presence, an excellent reseller network, plus the on-site service and support capability we need to meet our customers’ needs.”