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Future oriented high tech company F&P Robotics


F&P Robotics’ personal robots serve and assist people to improve their quality of life.



About us


F&P Robotics AG was founded in 2014 in Zurich by Dr. Hansruedi Früh. As a courageous visionary, he set himself the goal of developing robots that can assist people effectively and make their lives easier. Hansruedi was a world-leading expert and pioneer in the fields of artificial intelligence and human-centric robotics.

In 2016 the soft-shell collaborative robot arm P-Rob 2 was launched followed by the assistive robot Lio the next year. F&P Robotics’ groundbreaking ideas and products were highly praised by industry experts.

To cope with increasing demand in F&P Robotics’ products, the production facility expanded to an adjacent building in Glattbrugg in 2017. With further growing demand and increased interest coming from the Far East, a subsidiary in Shanghai was founded in 2018.

In 2019 Barney was launched. The bar and barista robots enjoyed immediate international success. P-Rob 3 was launched in the same year and was implemented into the Lio and Barney robots.

Hansruedi Früh passed away in February 2021 after a short illness at the age of just 64. He grew F&P Robotics to a highly respected international robotics company with 50 employees. His son, Michael Früh took over the position of CEO. Michael held numerous positions at F&P Robotics during the last years, including head of product management as well as the CFO position.

In 2021 Michael led the company through a transformation and growth phase. Today F&P Robotics is stronger than ever and set for growth in the years ahead. Exciting new products are under development and ready to be launched over the next few years.


Board of Directors
Ueli Dietiker, Chairman
Michael Früh, Vice-Chairman
Dr. Omar Al-Mubarak, Member
Steve Kemei He, Member
Linden Shongua Lin, Member
Fang Zheng, Member
Marc Baumann, Member
Advisory Board
Prof. Melinda Lohmann, HSG Professor for Information and Robotics Law
Dr. Holger Auerbach, Health Care Expert
Dr. Reto Müller, Professional entrepreneur with experience in innovation, business and product development
Dr. Hans-Jörg Hunziker, Entrepreneur, Business Developer
Peter Engel, Robotics Expert
Nicolas Oltramare, Entrepreneur, Finance Expert
Bernhard Merki, Expert in Industry Sector
Anja Reznik, Corporate Finance Expert
Dr. René Lenggenhager, International Business Expert in Lab Automation
Dr. Gery Colombo, Expert in Rehabilitation Technology

Michael Früh, CEO

Lukas Wirth, CTO

Charles de Castelbajac, COO

Fabian Studach, CFO

René Luchsinger, CSO

Sarina Xinyi Liu, COO F&P Robotics China

Assistant to the Board

René Luchsinger, CSO

Pietro Caroni, Sales Manager Care Robotics
Logistics/ Order Management

Charles de Castelbajac, COO



The start of the new decade 2020 has proven to be much more challenging than expected. The emerging Covid-19 virus, which seemed so far away, made it very difficult for us to maintain personal contact with many of our partners and customers working in the healthcare sector.
But the special circumstance led us to offer new helpful features. As a robot, our assistance robot Lio does not expose itself to danger and can help people reduce their risk of infection through transport and disinfection tasks. The new transport function and UV-C disinfection of door handles were already implemented in 2020 and help to increase safety in nursing and retirement centers as well as clinics.
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Likewise, F&P was able to launch series production of the Lio assistance robot in 2020. The step towards production readiness has been successfully taken and Lio is being manufactured and tested in standardized production steps. Comprehensive, stringent individual component testing, standardized workflows and regular quality checks ensure that Lio can perform its functions correctly when in use.
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In January, 2019 F&P Robotics celebrated its fifth anniversary. On this special occasion, shareholders, customers and partners were invited to Glattbrugg to celebrate the anniversary together. Eight F&P robots took part in the service and entertainment part of the celebration. The event demonstrated the potential of the intelligent and human-friendly F&P robots.
In October, 2019 released P-Rob Version 3 to R&D and Projects customer segment.
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In December, 2019 Baronics AG was founded as a subsidiary in Zurich to serve the gastronomy market.
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In August, 2018 subsidiary in Shanghai, China was founded to serve the largest global robotics market.
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In October, 2017 F&P Robotics presented the product “Lio” – the professional personal robot for service and support.

In December, 2017 due to the growth of F&P Robotics the expansion of the production facilities to the new building took place.
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In January, 2016 F&P Robotics released collaborative robot P-Rob Version 2 to industry and research (e.g. Google, VW).
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In January, 2014 the new corporation F&P Robotics AG was founded.
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F&P News

SocietyByte: How Lio, the Swiss assistive robot, supports care staff

SocietyByte Wissenschaftsmagazin der Berner Fachhochschule
Roboter können in der Pflege von kranken und betagten Menschen repetitive und monotone Arbeiten übernehmen und damit das Pflegepersonal entlasten. Ein Zürcher Unternehmen hat den mobilen Assistenten Lio entwickelt. Im Interview schildert CEO und Firmenmitbegründer Michael Früh, was Lio jetzt schon alles kann, was er künftig übernehmen wird und warum er keine Menschen ersetzen kann.
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F&P Robotics and Ostertag DeTeWe sign partnership agreement

02. Februar 2022

The Swiss high-tech robotics company F&P Robotics and the leading German ITC system house Ostertag DeTeWe signed a partnership agreement today: the Lio assistance robot will be marketed and distributed by Ostertag DeTeWe in Germany with immediate effect. The “spirit” of the cooperation agreement also implies a far-reaching technology partnership. The in-house development team at Ostertag DeTeWe helps to ensure that Lio’s range of tasks is constantly being developed and new fields of application can be added.

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