Persimmon Technologies, a US-based provider of vacuum robotics and hybrid-field motor technology for the semiconductor and solar equipment markets, has raised $5.8m in its series B round.

Intel Capital, the corporate venturing unit of the eponymous US-listed chip maker, and the Bernard M. Gordon Charitable Remainder Trust, which was set up by Bernie Gordon, founder of Analogic, join Japan-based industrial group Nidec Sankyo as “major equity holders” in the company after the B round.

Persimmon sell Nidec’s robots but not its industrial motors in the US and has Kaz Kondo, manager of Nidec-Sankyo America, and Satoshi Fukushima, chief executive of the US subsidiary, on its board.

Fukushima by email said: “Although acquiring companies which have business synergies is one of means of growing for Nidec Group, the case of Persimmon Technologies, or investing a venture company, is a special case of its capital investment.

“Usually, Nidec acquires grown companies. However,…

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