The campus will serve as the hub for ABB Robotics’ offering in Europe, providing customers with AI-enabled collaborative and industrial robots, as well as digital solutions to support flexible automation as part of the company’s 'local for local' production strategy. Replacing the existing robotics facilities at the site, the new campus is planned to open in late 2026.
“The investment in our new Campus is driven by customer demand and projected market growth,” said Björn Rosengren, CEO of ABB. “Following important investments in China and the US, the new facility in Sweden will strengthen our capabilities in serving our customers in Europe with locally manufactured products in a growing market. Already today, around 95% of the robots ABB sells in the region are manufactured here. This is a strong commitment not only to our 'local for local' strategy, but to all our robotics customers across Europe.”
ABB’s investment in the Robotics Campus in Västerås will enhance its robotics and automation leadership globally. With the facility, ABB will expand production capacity by 50% and strengthen its capabilities to supply the European market. When the campus is completed, ABB will have invested US$450 million in its three robotics facilities since 2018, including its mega factory in Shanghai, China that supplies customers in Asia and the Auburn Hills facility that supports the Americas.
Marc Segura, President of ABB Robotics, said: “Our new, sustainable facility in Sweden will be located at the cradle of ABB Robotics' global innovation, starting with ABB’s development of the world's first commercial all-electric robot nearly 50 years ago. In our new R&D centre, we are focusing on the development of new digital and AI-enabled technologies, making robots increasingly accessible while lowering the entry barrier for applications in all industries.
By building the campus in Västerås, ABB continues to consolidate the area as an automation cluster, staying in important proximity to customers, suppliers, academia, and partners. The campus will provide a unique opportunity to develop the ecosystem while maintaining rapid lead times, with shorter transports and a reduced carbon footprint.
Read the article online at: https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/product-news/13092023/abb-to-invest-us280-million-in-its-european-robotics-hub/
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