Loxam is buying 100 robotic gloves from Swedish exoskeleton specialist Bioservo Technologies for its rental fleet in France following a successful pilot study with contractor Eiffage.
The Ironglove robotic muscle-strengthening gloves are based on Bioservo’s Soft Extra Muscle technology and serve to strengthen a worker’s grip and enhance endurance.
The order is valued at approximately SKE5 million (€476,000).
Between June and December 2019, Loxam, Boiservo and contractor Eiffage conducted a pilot study to gauge the potential for renting Ironhand units in France, and the study found them to be popular due to the strong health and safety culture in the country.
Stéphane Henon, General Manager at Loxam, said, “At Loxam, the key priority is to support customers in creating safe workplaces by providing a wide range of protective solutions. We want to be a leader in our industry by being our customer’s first choice rental partner.
“A product like Ironhand is highly requested on the French market and will be a great complement to our other products.”
The system will be available for rental in France’s twelve largest cities: Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Toulon, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lille, Rennes and Rouen.
Petter Bäckgren, CEO of Bioservo, said, “We strive to work with companies that share our values and want to make a difference for workers by investing in the future.
“Loxam is that type of company and we look forward to continuing our collaboration. Most importantly, we are extremely happy and proud to be a part of creating safe workplaces in France.”