Robots to make robots at ABB's new $150 million factory in China
Updated 09:13, 31-Oct-2018
Robots will make robots at a new ABB factory in China, which the Swiss engineering group said on Saturday will be built for 150 million US dollars in Shanghai as it defends its place as the country's largest maker of industrial robots.
The factory, located near ABB's China robotics campus, is due to be operating by the end of 2020 and will produce robots for China as well as for export elsewhere in Asia. China is ABB's No. 2 market after the United States.
"Shanghai has become a vital center for advanced technology leadership – for ABB and the world," ABB Chief Executive Ulrich Spiesshofer said in a statement announcing the project.
ABB's robot at China International Industry Fair, December 2017. /VCG Photo

ABB's robot at China International Industry Fair, December 2017. /VCG Photo

With the expansion, ABB is banking on Chinese robot sales defying concerns that trade tensions with the United States could dent demand for electronics, auto parts and other items that require automated manufacturing and robots.
China is expanding its robot workforce to realize greater automation. In 2017, one of every three robots sold in the world went to China, which purchased nearly 138,000 units, ABB said.
ABB's new 75,000-square-foot factory will use software meant to allow people and robots to work safely in close proximity, the company said, adding its YuMi robots — designed to work side-by-side with people — will also be deployed on many of the small parts assembly tasks needed to manufacture an ABB robot.
"China's commitment to transform its manufacturing is a torchlight for the rest of the world," said Spiesshofer. 
"Its strategic embrace of the latest technologies for artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, and cloud-based computing present a playbook for every country that wishes to have a globally competitive manufacturing base."
Source(s): Reuters ,Xinhua News Agency