Arno van Lankveld, AvL Motion

"New investment round means Dutch asparagus robot can be production-ready a year earlier"

The Dutch company, AvL Motion, is speeding up its AvL Compact S1560's series production. This is an autonomous robot for harvesting white asparagus. The high-speed robot, operated by one person, can harvest around 9,000 asparagus/hour. It can now be ordered from spring 2021.

The harvesting robot's accelerated development is made possible by an Innovation Credit. This is from the Dutch Enterprise Agency. AvL Motion's existing shareholders also contributed. These shareholders are Brightlands Agrifood Fund, Future Food Fund, and BOM Brabant Ventures.

AvL Motion has had a busy, productive season. Founder, Arno van Lankveld, says, “The coronavirus pandemic shorted our test period. Despite this, we proved we could build a high-speed robot. It can harvest 9,000 asparagus an hour."

"We received many compliments on its maneuverability, easy operation, and ease of maintenance too. For asparagus harvesting, the AvL Compact S1560 is what Mercedes is for Formula 1. "It's fast, reliable, and always delivers top performance." 

“This new investment round means the harvesting robot can be production-ready a year earlier," says Arno. "The series product we're currently working on will be hydraulic-free and completely electric."

"We're striving for the highest possible quality. And we're delighted with our financial partners. They're showing their support with this latest investment," concludes Van Lankveld. 

The new robots will be presented at the start of the next asparagus season. Interested clients can then see two of the AvL robots at work. These will be in Dutch and German asparagus fields.

For more information:
Frank van den Nieuwenhof
BOM Brabant Ventures
Tel: +31 (0) 621 555 510

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