Robot-maker Temi is downsizing its Israel team, moving operations to China
The personal robot manufacturer said it is shifting its base of operations to meet business goals in Asia
Meir Orbach | 18:50 03.08.2020
Temi Global Ltd., the Israeli robotics company that produces the Temi personal robot, is downsizing its operations in Israel, a person familiar with the move told Calcaist on condition of anonymity. The company has laid off dozens of employees from its Tel Aviv office and recruited a team based out of Shenzhen, China, instead. In February, the company raised $15 million from China-based Joy Capital and transferred a bulk of its operations to China. Following the recent layoffs, the company now employs 70 workers, only 15 of them in Israel, with five more based in the U.S. and the rest in China.
In February, Gal Goren was appointed CEO of the company. Goren has been based out of China for the last three years and was responsible for establishing Temi’s presence there. He replaced Yossi Wolf, the company’s founder, who currently serves as its chairman of the board. The Israeli company’s robots were put to use during the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in China. The robot aids its users by providing a voice-activated self-navigating remote video communications platform for use in medical centers and care facilities. According to the company, hundreds of its robots are in use in hospitals and elderly care homes across mainland China, Hong Kong, and Korea, helping doctors, families of patients, and staff conduct video meetings. The robots also assist in collecting remote temperature readings and the delivery of sanitary equipment.
In November, CTech reporter Adi Pick had a chance to interview Wolf and Suchard about the robot's uses.