3 min. Earlier this month the thermal imagery manufacturer FLIR bought the UAV developer Aeryon Labs for $200 million, beating their previous record in publicly disclosed drone investments of $134M.
3 min. Drone investment trends are strong indicators to predict the future of the drone industry. The low price of drones and ability to carry sensors, quickly triggered adoption throughout many industries. Meanwhile, the commercial drone market created an entire eco-system attracting large investments.
5 min. The last year in the drone industry moved at incredible pace – especially when it comes to strategic partnerships. We frequently provided updates about drone partnerships in the past. Now, why is this so important? Drone companies (hardware and software manufacturers, and service providers) are constantly expanding their product/service portfolio and interdisciplinary expertise. This is extremely interesting because it unveils the company’s strategic alignment.
2 min. The American spirit and the way how to make people comfortable was shown during the two days exhibition. Well organized, very welcoming and a guest list of most of the European drone companies proved it. Although it was the first commercial UAV Expo in Europe, the organizers set up a place where people from 48 countries across all industries, exchanged their experiences and learned about new business opportunities.
2 min. 2016 was a record-breaking year for the solar industry. The solar capacity was nearly doubled comparing to 2015 and it will triple over the next 5 years. The main driver is the utility photovoltaic (PV) segment.
3 min. Let’s summarize the companies that entered into partnerships in the drone industry last year. What is obvious is that in recent times a great deal of strategic decisions has dramatically increased the rate of partnerships either to broaden the portfolios, to occupy a niche, or to secure a position before a competitor does.
3 min. Besides several startups, a few operator firms came up with innovative concepts that seem to pay off. Between 2012 and 2014, $6.3 million were invested into professional operator companies. In 2015, the number increased by 700% to $44.3 million.