Veiko Vaher has been appointed the COO of Milrem Robotics as of March 2020. As a board member Vaher will be responsible for the supply chain and production units and overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations. Kuldar Väärsi will continue as the Chairman of the Management Board.
Vaher has long leadership experiences in different companies. He has been a member of the Management Board of Stera Saue and Stera Technologies, a member of the Management Board and Supervisory Board of G4S Estonia and a member of the Management Board of AS Sularahakeskus.
“There are only a few companies in Estonia that develop and manufacture something as innovative and ambitious as Milrem Robotics’ robotic systems. These systems will change the role of humans in performing dangerous tasks in both the military and civilian sectors. Being involved and wanting to contribute to the development of such a company was the main reason I decided to join Milrem Robotics’ team,” explained Vaher.
“I want to add my experience and knowledge in manufacturing and overseeing day-to-day operations to the company. Milrem Robotics has reached a stage where it is developing increasingly sophisticated systems, increasing serial production and providing technical support for vehicles already in use. I believe that my experiences will further strengthen the company’s position on the market and help fulfil its goals,” Vaher added.
Milrem Robotics’ two main products are unmanned ground vehicles THeMIS and Multiscope, intended for the defence and commercial sectors, respectively. The THeMIS has already been sold to the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Indonesia, the UK and the United States.
Additionally, the company is engaged as a developer of autonomous and hybrid systems in several development projects for international defence companies.
“During the past two years Milrem Robotics has grown considerably in terms of employees, projects and sales. Veiko is an excellent leader with long term experiences whose skills will help us channel our growth effectively and sustainably to increase the company’s value and capabilities,” said Kuldar Väärsi, the Founder of Milrem Robotics and Chairman of the Management Board.
“Our goal is nothing less than being one of the leaders in the robotics market. We want to fulfil this ambition through strong team members, new investors and new and successful products. Later this year we are coming out with a brand-new unmanned vehicle that demonstrates the innovation of our engineers,” Väärsi added.
Milrem Robotics employs a total of 128 people. The company has offices in Tallinn and Tartu and a subsidiary in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. 60% of the staff are engineers and R&D professionals. In 2019, Milrem Robotics increased its turnover by more than six times to EUR 5.1 million.