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ABB begins building robots in U.S.

Showing a commitment to its North American market, ABB becomes the first global industrial robotics company to manufacture robots in the United States.

May 20, 2015   by Canadian Packaging staff

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND—ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, has announced it is to start producing robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint.

The company made the announcement at the opening of a new robotics plant at its facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with production to commence immediately.

The new plant is ABB’s third robotics production facility, alongside Shanghai, China, and Västerås, Sweden, and will manufacture ABB robots and related equipment for the North American market, noting that the U.S. is its largest market with US$7.5 billion in sales.

The company has invested more than US$10 billion in local R&D (research and development), capital expenditure and acquisitions since 2010, taking local employment from 11,500 to 26,300.

Continued investment in the North American value chain and manufacturing constitutes a significant part of ABB’s global growth plans reflecting the company’s Next Level strategy.

“Today, we are marking and celebrating the next stage of our commitment and growth in North America with the start of local robot manufacturing in Auburn Hills,” says ABB chief executive officer Ulrich Spiesshofer. “ABB is the first global automation company to open a robot manufacturing facility in the United States. Robotics is a fundamental enabler of the next level of North American industrial growth in an increasingly competitive world.
“With our continued commitment and investment, our local team is well positioned to support our customers with robotics solutions made in the United States. Our leading technology of web-enabled, collaborative and safe robots will contribute to job security and quality of work.”

ABB Robotics managing director Per Vegard Nerseth adds, “The new North American manufacturing presence elevates our offering and service to robotics customers in the United States, Mexico and Canada, allowing us to achieve best-in-class delivery schedules and technical support in North America.

“The expansion is consistent with our global strategy, which is to establish a local presence in key robotics growth markets to provide our leading technology to our customers,” he says.

The portfolio of products manufactured at the new facility will expand in phases, with the goal that most ABB robots and robot controllers delivered in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be manufactured in Auburn Hills, noting that localized manufacturing will streamline the delivery process and result in significantly reduced robot lead times for customers.

About ABB
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people. More information may be found at www.abb.com.

About ABB Robotics
ABB’s Robotics Business Unit is a leading supplier of industrial robots – also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. ABB has installed more than 250,000 robots worldwide. Company information can be found at www.abb.com/robotics.


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