Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023
    ABB to Invest $280m in Robotics Hub in Sweden

    ABB, a leading robotics company, has announced plans to invest $280 million in the construction of a new ABB Robotics European Campus in Västerås, Sweden. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as a robotics hub for Europe and will enhance ABB’s robot production capacity by 50%. The 65,000 m2 campus is expected to open in late 2026, replacing an existing facility at the site.

    The ABB Robotics European Campus will house automated manufacturing, research and development (R&D), and customer experience and training centers. The aim is to develop next-generation AI-enabled technologies and strengthen ABB’s global leadership in robotics. The facility will supply AI-enabled collaborative and industrial robots, as well as digital systems that support flexible automation.

    The investment in the new campus is driven by customer demand and projected market growth. Around 95% of the robots ABB sells in Europe are already manufactured in the region. The new facility will further strengthen ABB’s capabilities in serving its European customers with locally manufactured products. The European robotics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% until 2027.

    In addition to the Europe campus, ABB has made significant investments in robotics facilities in China and the US. When completed, ABB will have invested $450 million in its three robotics facilities since 2018, including a “mega factory” in Shanghai and a facility in Auburn Hills, US.

    The new campus will allow close collaboration with customers and partners to develop robotics and automation technologies in a safe and functional environment. Customers will have the opportunity to test their ideas and experiment with the latest automation innovations on-site. The campus will also be open to employees, visitors, and students, promoting knowledge sharing and innovation.

    With a workforce of 1,300, the ABB Robotics European Campus will include a new factory, offices, an R&D center, an experience center, and a training center. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) will play a key role in material and product transportation within the campus. Construction is set to begin in 2024, and the campus will be constructed in line with ABB’s sustainability targets for carbon neutrality and resource preservation by 2030.

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