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APM Terminals still waiting on effect of robot technology

Maersk has spent hundreds of millions on making its port division more efficient using robot technology. Now it turns out that a grand prestigious project worth USD 600 million has had the opposite effect.

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The foundation beneath Maersk's million-dollar robot investment strategy to make port terminals more efficient is showing some cracks.

Contrary to expectations, it turns out that fully automated terminals are far less productive than those manned by port workers. This creates serious doubts about whether APM Terminals is able to increase efficiency through robot technology.

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