Recently, ABB officially opened ABB’s most advanced, fully automated and flexible robot factory in Kangqiao, Shanghai, China. The 67,000-square-metre production and research facility represents a US$150 million (1.1 billion yuan) investment by ABB and will deploy the company’s digital and automation technologies to manufacture next-generation robots – strengthening ABB’s robotics and automation presence in China.
Sami Atiya, President of ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation, said: “Building on three decades of success in China, the opening of our new mega-factory is an important step in helping our customers grow sustainably, address labor shortages and create high-value jobs in the new era of automation Another milestone of opportunity. “Our innovative, automated and flexible factory plays a key role in our ‘In China, for China’ strategy, strengthening our entire value chain here. Over 90% of sales are supported by our factory and the new factory will help our customers in China create more locally manufactured products, solutions and services. “
ABB predicts that the global robotics market will grow from $80 billion today to $130 billion in 2025. And China has become the world’s largest robot market, accounting for 51% of global robot installations in 2021, surpassing the 1 million mark of operating robots in 2021.
Robotic factories bring together the physical and digital worlds to create a digital manufacturing ecosystem that leverages virtual planning and production management systems to improve performance and maximize productivity through the collection and analysis of data. Instead of traditional, fixed assembly lines, there are flexible, modular production cells that are digitally connected and networked and serviced by intelligent autonomous mobile robots. AI-driven Robotic systems take on tasks such as screw driving, assembly, and material handling, freeing people from these tasks and enabling more rewarding work.
“This factory realizes our vision for the factory of the future – flexible automation that makes production and intralogistics more resilient, faster and more efficient,” said Marc Segura, president of ABB Robotics. “It embodies our vision for flexible, modular, intelligent This latest commitment to manufacturing also represents our focus on artificial intelligence learning technologies for intelligent robots. In our new R&D facility, we will work with companies to develop new solutions that will prepare them for a new era of automation in the world’s largest robotics market. “
The factory’s R&D center, covering an area of 8,000 square meters, willAI), digitization and software to create new innovations such as autonomous mobility, digital twins, machine vision and low-code programming software to make robots smarter, more flexible, safer and easier to use.
These innovations are being developed together with partners and customers in ABB’s “Open Lab” and will help unlock new possibilities for flexible automation in new areas such as new energy vehicles (NEV), logistics, healthcare, food and beverage. Through existing partnerships with schools and universities, the new site has trained over one million people in China since 2005 and will continue to provide partners and end users with the skills to thrive in the new era of automation growing up.
“Since ABB Robotics entered the Chinese market nearly 30 years ago, it has been supporting customers in various fields, from automotive and electronics to metals, plastics and logistics. Liang Rui, President of ABB Robotics Division China, said: “Now , with our new large-scale factory, we can meet the surging demand for automation in China, especially in new fields such as new energy vehicle manufacturing, wearable electronics, catering, healthcare, e-commerce, retail and service robots. “.
The factory is the latest of ABB’s robotics and discrete automation factories to open this year, following the opening of a new Global Innovation and Training Campus for Machine Automation in Austria in July and Learning Factory 4.0 in Berlin in September.
ABB has more than 15,000 employees in more than 130 cities in China. China is still one of ABB’s most important R&D and manufacturing centers. As one of ABB Robotics’ three largest factories in the world, the new factory in Shanghai will replace the existing factory and provide support for customers in Asia. Customers in Europe are supplied from the plant in Vasteras, Sweden, and customers in the Americas are supported from the plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation is the only company with a fully integrated portfolio of robotics, autonomous mobile robots and machine automation solutions, designed and orchestrated by our value creation software. ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation helps companies of all sizes and industries – from automotive to electronics and logistics – become more resilient, flexible and efficient.