June 18, 2020 – Wixom, Michigan, USA and Hooglede-Gits, Belgium
Today, LightGuide Systems and Lichtwerk announced the signing of a channel partner agreement, in which the parties will collaborate in commercializing and implementing LightGuide Systems hardware and software products and services for end-user customers throughout Europe. This partnership will be focused on all industries and with special attention toward advancing Social Economy companies in the BENELUX region performing amazing work within the Disability Inclusion sector.
At the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos 2020, one of the key themes of the collected business and political leads was Disability Inclusion. A total of 1.3 billion people – 17% of the global population – live with some form of disability, representing the largest minority group worldwide.
LightGuide Systems is proud to be partnered with Lichtwerk and its sister company Mariasteen, who work in the Social Economy field towards the goals of Disability Inclusion. Mariasteen is a social enterprise focused on assembly work; employing 860 people, the vast majority of which have some form of occupational disability. LightGuide Systems has been deployed within Mariasteen to enable their workforce to be even more successful with Augmented Reality assistive technology helping them in their daily work.
LightGuide Systems CEO and President Paul Ryznar stated, “We are proud to now be partnered with Lichtwerk in their pursuit of LightGuide Systems projects that will enrich the career opportunities of so many workers who would not otherwise be able to attain meaningful employment.”
And Lichtwerk Head Lieven Bossuyt added, “This partnership with LightGuide Systems, a world leader in Industrial Augmented Reality with a proven track record of results, is a great leap forward for Lichtwerk. We can now offer state-of-the-art Industry 5.0 solutions that unlock the potential of co-operation between man and machine, as human intelligence works in harmony with cognitive computing.”
About LightGuide Systems:
LightGuide Systems (and parent company OPS Solutions) have created a portfolio of patented Augmented Reality products which use proprietary software to provide visual workflow and confirmation of complex manual processes. For applications including material handling and logistics, assembly, test and inspection, and training, LightGuide Systems technology provides the visualization, traceability, and flexibility for leading companies globally. Key markets include automotive, aerospace and defense, heavy truck and industrial equipment, food preparation, and medical equipment manufacturers and service providers. LightGuide System is headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, USA with our European offices in Prague, Czechia, and Asia Pacific offices in Suzhou, China. Learn more at www.lightguidesys.com or www.lightguidesys.eu.
Lichtwerk, located in Belgium, supports the implementation of smart assistive technology in work integration social enterprises, regular (manufacturing) companies, and training centers. Lichtwerk counsels and supplies innovative turnkey solutions and provides training to its customers. The roots of Lichtwerk are in the social economy, creating opportunities for people from disadvantaged groups and integrating them into the labor market. Lichtwerk strongly believes in a “Go Digital, Stay Human” approach to making work feasible and manageable for every company and its employees. Learn more at www.lichtwerk.io.