Drone maker Airobotics moving production from Israel to Arizona

FILE PHOTO: Optimus, a drone manufactured by Airobotics, the Israeli drone maker that says it has recently been granted the first certificate in the world to fly a fully automated drone, with no human operator, is seen during a demonstration for Reuters near their offices in Petah Tikva, Israel March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nir Elias

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s Airobotics, a maker of automated industrial drones, said on Monday it was moving its manufacturing to the United States to meet growing demand in the U.S., Australia and other areas in Asia-Pacific.

As a result, its manufacturing line in Israel will be closed. Some of the 20 workers in Israel have been offered to relocate to its new global headquarters in Arizona, while Airobotics said it planned to expand its U.S. staff.

Airobotics’ research and development center will remain in Israel.

It noted that was in a period of “hyper-growth” and strong demand in mining, inspection and construction.

Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Tova Cohen