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Regarding the start of collaboration with AGRIST Inc. on developing an automatic crop harvesting robot

2020.03.27



We have begun investing in and collaborating with AGRIST Inc. in developing an automatic harvesting robot for agricultural products.
By combining our farming-oriented photovoltaic power generation technology and automatic harvesting robot technology, we aim to build a model that can popularize renewable energy and solve agricultural problems.

Today, we formally announce that our company (President: Tsutomu Sugimori) has begun investing in and collaborating with AGRIST Inc. (Representative Director: Junichi Saito, hereinafter “AGRIST”), which is working on developing automatic harvesting robots for agricultural products through JXTG Innovation Partners GK (President: Yasunori Yazaki)*1.

Starting this year, we are working to popularize renewable energy through the business of agricultural-oriented power generation*2 as a new business field that will contribute to fostering a low-carbon, recycling-oriented society.
AGRIST is a start-up company that works on solving problems, such as the aging of agricultural workers and the decline of rural areas due to labor shortages, by developing a crop harvesting robot.

In this collaboration, we aim to build a model that makes use of proliferating renewable energy technologies and addresses agricultural issues by combining the technologies of farming-oriented solar power generation and automatic harvesting robots.
Going forward, the two companies will jointly formulate an action plan and aim for facility development in the summer of 2020.

By solving both power generation and agricultural problems, we shall strive to contribute to developing a low-carbon, recycling-oriented society as one component of the “2040 JXTG Group Long-term Vision”.

Reference

1. Overview of AGRIST

Company Name AGRIST Inc.
Representatives Junichi Saito, Representative Director and Chief Executive Officer
Yoshihiko Takahashi, Director and Chief Operating Officer
Yuki Hata, Director and Chief Technology Officer
Katsumi Takatsuji, Executive Officer and Robot Development Manager
Established October 24, 2019
Location 1-47-1, Nyuuta Higashi, Shintomi-cho, Koyu-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture
Number of Employees 4 people
Business Areas Agricultural robot development business, AI business, software development business

2. Example of automatic harvesting robots