TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, China

Haidilao, Panasonic form joint venture to launch robot restaurant

They also expressed plans to launch 5,000 more sites internationally for the said concept.

Chinese hotpot chain Haidilao has partnered with tech company Panasonic to launch a restaurant serviced by robots, Bloomberg has reported.

Through their joint venture company Ying Hai Holding, the new concept features not only robotic waiters but also robot chefs.

Ying Hai plans to roll out more outlets in China before entering other markets.

Haidilao recently made headlines after going public last September 11 in the Hong Kong stock exchange. They offered 424.5 million shares in an aim to collect US$963 million. The said funds will be used to enter international markets such as the UK, Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

The hotpot chain currently has around 360 locations in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.



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