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SoftBank injects Hong Kong robotics business into joint venture

Partners to launch global sales of autonomous disinfecting and cleaning machine

Avalon SteriTech's robots are used on Hong Kong's mass transit railway, as well as in office buildings, luxury hotels and shopping malls.   © AP

HONG KONG -- SoftBank Robotics will inject its local operations in Hong Kong and Macao into a new joint venture with a Hong Kong biomedical company that manufactures disinfection robots used to sterilize the city's train cars. The venture will then launch a new cleaning robot tailored for commercial spaces including offices, hotels and shopping malls later this month.

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