Panasonic's Power Assist Suit Enters Joint Development of Construction Technology in Hong Kong
Hong Kong - November 28, 2017 - Gammon Construction Limited ("Gammon") signs a Memorandum of Understanding with ATOUN Inc. ("ATOUN"), a subsidiary of Panasonic, and Shun Hing Systems Integration Company Limited ("Shun Hing") on the use and development of new exoskeleton technology ("ExoTech") to further improve construction safety, efficiency and productivity.
Under the Memorandum, Gammon will work closely with ATOUN and Shun Hing in the development of the ExoTech in Hong Kong.
Gammon purchased 10 sets of the Assist Suit Exoskeleton (The Next Generation Model) and will be conducting trials on its construction sites.
"We are pleased to partner with ATOUN and Shun Hing in pursuing this venture and be the first in trying out the new technology in the construction industry," Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon said. "By using the exoskeleton technology, we aim at improving construction health and safety as well as working conditions and competence."
The Assist Suit Exoskeleton weighs only about 4kg. When a worker is about to pick up a heavy object, the Suit is able to sense his movements and to go into operation to provide back support. It helps reduce strain by as much as 10kg, lowering the risk of back injuries common among construction workers.
As the end-user, Gammon will provide pragmatic feedback and input to ATOUN and Shun Hing for advancing the technology to the next level.
- ATOUN is a subsidiary of Panasonic and in collaboration with Panasonic is a robotic developer of ExoTech and more specifically the Assist Suit Exoskeleton, the E Upper Arm support assist suit Exoskeleton & other Robotic equipment.
- Shun Hing is the Hong Kong agent for Panasonic and ATOUN for the sale and supply of the Assist Suit Exoskeleton, the Upper Arm support assist suitExoskeleton and other Robotic equipment and will also provide after-sales maintenance services for these products in Hong Kong.
About Gammon Construction Limited
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Gammon has a reputation for delivering high quality projects throughout China and Southeast Asia, as well as offering innovative solutions and services to our customers. With an annual turnover of over US$2 billion, we employ over 8,000 staff. Backed by two major international companies, Jardine Matheson and Balfour Beatty, we combine local expertise and global resources as we build Asia's 21st century infrastructure.
About Shun Hing Group
Established by Dr William Mong Man Wai in 1953, the Shun Hing Group is the sole agent in Hong Kong and Macau for National products (now standardized as the Panasonic brand) manufactured by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (now known as "Panasonic Corporation"). The Group is also the sole agent in Hong Kong and Macau for other Japanese and international brands.
Established by using in-house venture system of Panasonic in 2003.
ATOUN creates a new value and possibility to all workers by providing power assist products such as wearable robot "Power Assist Suit". ATOUN aim to achieve "Power-Barrierless Society" where the people can work regardless of their age and gender.
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