Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. They are passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help their customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Throughout its history, Tennant has focused on advancing our industry by aggressively pursuing new technologies and creating a culture that celebrates innovation. Today, Tennant is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. The company is focused in manufacturing industrial floor cleaning machines – including scrubbers, sweepers, vacuums, extractors and burnishers to provide efficient floor cleaning at lower costs. More recently, Tennant Company formed a relationship with Brain Corp, an artificial intelligence (A.I.) company specializing in core technology for autonomous robots. From this relationship, the new autonomous T7 was born, a robot designed to maximize productivity, increase efficiency and optimize safety. Easy Engineering: What’s new for 2020 in terms of new products? TENNANT: This year we have launched the S16, the newest battery-powered ride-on sweeper, that delivers leading-edge Tennant innovations to combat real-world challenges. The S16 battery-powered sweeper is a versatile fume-free sweeper that has been engineered to be easy to operate and maintain, while providing big productivity benefits. Tennant’s S16 Battery-Powered Ride-On Sweeper features provide big productivity, high-performance results in various environments and great efficiency. The S16 is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use and in a variety of applications, including distribution centers and warehouses, heavy and light manufacturing, parking lots/decks and outdoor spaces, food and beverage, airports, convention centers and more. Additionally, throughout its history, Tennant Company has maintained a sharp focus on advancing the cleaning industry by aggressively pursuing new technologies. Tennant has continued this legacy with the introduction of the autonomous machine T7, the Robotic Floor Scrubber (https://www.tennantco.com/en_us/1/machines/scrubbers/product.t7amr.robotic-floor-scrubber.M-T7AMR.html) helping its customers to increase their cleaning efficiency. E.E: What are the product ranges sold? TENNANT: We design, manufacture and market scrubbers, sweepers, sweeper-scrubber with battery drive, LPG and diesel engines, autonomous machines and other cleaning equipment that meet the needs of customers worldwide. Our machines clean millions of square feet of concrete, carpet, vinyl composition tile and synthetic wood every day. E.E: At what stage is the market in which you are currently active? TENNANT: We are actually working in different markets, specifically in the Retail, Warehouse and Logistics. We can say that the above channels are stable, despite the challenges we have been facing in the past months. E.E: What can you tell us about market trends? TENNANT: We can undoubtedly say that the interest and the demand for robots is enormously increasing: today’s sophisticated robots are used in more ways than ever. Cleaning robots are a new and quickly growing segment: they can be engaged in a variety of cleaning tasks, depending on the needs of the facility that employs them. Tennant is a leader in the robotics cleaning market, offering to our customers enhanced productivity, reliability, exceptional service and performance, and a reduction in the cost of ownership. Autonomous machines however will not totally replace the conventional machines such as walk-behind scrubber driers and sweepers or ride-on scrubber driers and sweepers, which are still functional in small-medium areas and very easy to use for all operators. E.E: What are the most innovative products sold? TENNANT: For sure our T7 AMR (see above). E.E: What are your estimates for 2020? TENNANT: Well, let ‘s say that it is really very hard to make any estimation in the scenarios we are living. Uncertainty is for sure the prevalent feeling and we do not know how much and how long Coronavirus will be influencing the business. We are sure of one thing, that we will remain at the side of our customers, by supporting and assisting them, providing concrete solutions to their requirements, even more in these challenging times.