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Startup develops robots to clean China's curtain walls

Shanghai-based company hopes to expand overseas

Yingxing Zhineng's robots have multidirectional arms, can avoid obstacles and plan cleaning routes. (Photo courtesy of Yingxing Zhineng)

BEIJING -- Chinese startup Yingxing Zhineng is hoping to expand its curtain wall-cleaning business overseas four years after developing robots using artificial intelligence to do the job.  

Spotting a gap in the market, the company started building and developing the robots in 2016. Curtain walls, which are outer coverings of buildings that are typically aluminum-framed and can be made of glass, are used in 5% of high-rise buildings in China.

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