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Man and robot celebrate 100-years Shell innovations by sounding gong


On 24 February 2014 it will be precisely 100 years since Shell (ticker symbol: RDSA) began its research activities in Amsterdam Noord. With the help of a robot from the University of Twente, Shell’s Chief Technology Officer Gerald Schotman sounds the gong to kick off this jubilee year, and to highlight the cooperative efforts of universities, government and companies aimed at accelerating the rate of innovation in the Netherlands.

The robot arm, specially programmed for this occasion by staff from the University of Twente, symbolizes cooperation between participants in the European Petrobot project. Together with other parties, including scientific advisors from the University of Twente and the University of Zurich (ETH), Shell is working within the framework of the EU to develop robots that can inspect petrochemical tanks. What began as a modest laboratory in Amsterdam, has since become a leading institute, and one of Shell’s three most important global technology centres.

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