The Hutt Gambit
Industrial Automaton is one of the two primary droid manufacturers in the galaxy, the other being Cybot Galactica. IA specializes in droids for all trades and walks of life. Its most popular products were the R-series astromech droids, in particular the versatile R2-series.
Industrial Automaton was formed over 850 years before the rise of the Empire with the merger of Industrial Intelligence and Automata Galactica. Industrial Automaton became a vastly wealthy company, and vied for control of the droid market with fellow manufacturing giant Cybot Galactica. These rival companies are known as the “Big Two” of droid production. IA is known for its high-precision merchandise and deep discounts, and has been ruthless enough to survive during the reign of the Galactic Empire.