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Former CTO of KUKA joins Bot-Hive

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

The former CTO of KUKA has joined Bot-Hive.

Professor Dr Peter Hofmann said: “Nearly two million industrial robots are expected to be installed in factories around the world between 2020 and 2022. That means a big need of robots, peripherals, software, and system engineering services.

“Due to the large number of providers and components, there is also an increasing need for orientation in order to find the most suitable configuration among the global providers.

Bot-Hive offers a new, innovative platform to support the implementation of individual automation solutions.

“But this platform does not only offer advantages for the search for automation solutions. Bot-Hive also offers ideal access to the market for the growing number of companies that have developed interesting innovative solutions.

“I am proud to be able to support the Bot-Hive team in the implementation of this important platform with my knowledge and experience in the field of industrial automation.”

He will work alongside the Bot-Hive executive team and Paul Hide, a former Managing Director of Sharp UK and a former Marketing Director of Sony UK, who joined Bot-Hive last September as a Strategic Advisor, helping guide the platform’s commercial strategy. 

A graduate of the University of Stuttgart, Professor Dr Peter Hofmann is a well-respected industrial expert within the robotics and automation industry. Prior to KUKA, he was Senior Vice President at Krones AG and before that, Senior Vice President Global Research and Development at Festo.

The Krones Group, headquartered in Neutraubling, Germany, develops machines (including a large number of robots) and complete lines for the process, filling and packaging industries. Spanish-based Festo supplies both automation technology and technical training solutions for more than 35 industries.

Professor Dr Peter Hofmann is a former Chief Technical Officer and member of the Executive Board of KUKA AG, one of the world’s leading automation groups with sales of around EUR 3.2 billion and some 14,000 employees.


Bot-Hive co-founder and CEO Jacques Bonfrer said: “We consider it a major achievement to have secured Peter’s involvement with Bot-Hive. It was clear as soon as we began our conversations that both parties shared the same vision for how Bot-Hive can help the industry. He not only helps with our understanding of the current industry, but very much with what is happening in the future. His guidance will be invaluable.”

Chris Hayes, Bot-Hive co-founder and COO, added: “Robotics and automation is a technical business, and it is our job to simplify that complexity for first-time and early-stage robot users. Our core mission is to make robotics and automation accessible to all organisations, so we very much see it as our responsibility to provide easy access to the world of robotics. Peter helps us greatly in that task, with such a deep understanding on how robots are used to benefit industrial processes. He will give us greater foresight when it comes to creating the best solutions for our users.”

Professor Dr Peter Hofmann and Paul Hide are two of three strategic appointments that Bot-Hive will be announcing as it strengthens its position in the market as a new channel partner for robotics manufacturers, integrators and organisations who are looking to onboard robotics into their workflows.

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“I am proud to be able to support the Bot-Hive team in the implementation of this important platform with my knowledge and experience in the field of industrial automation.”

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