ABB, a leading automation technology company, has announced plans to invest $280 million in a new Robotics Campus in Västerås, Sweden. The aim of this investment is to expand production capacity, improve supply to the European market, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conserve resources.
Construction of the 65,000 square meter campus is scheduled to begin in 2024. It will consolidate nine separate buildings that ABB has built in Sweden since 1974, creating a single facility that will enhance cross-functional synergies and establish Västerås as an automation cluster. By staying close to its customers, suppliers, academics, and partners, ABB aims to strengthen its position in the market.
The Robotics Campus will feature a new factory, offices, a research and development center, an experience center, and a training center for customers and visitors. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) will be deployed in the new factory to transport materials and products between different areas.
This investment in the Robotics Campus is part of ABB’s strategy to meet customer demand and projected market growth. ABB has already invested in robotics facilities in China and the United States, and the new campus in Sweden will further enhance its capabilities in serving European customers.
The facility will not only support the distribution of AI-enabled collaborative and industrial robots across Europe, but also provide a space for testing and experimenting with new automated developments. ABB aims to maintain rapid lead times, reduce transportation time, and minimize its carbon footprint.
In addition to these goals, the construction of the campus will align with ABB’s 2030 Sustainability Targets. It will use sustainable building materials, adopt eco-friendly construction processes, and install solar panels on the roof to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.
The Robotics Campus will contribute to ABB’s “local for local” production strategy and facilitate collaboration with customers and partners to develop innovative automation solutions. With the increasing demand for robotics and automation, ABB sees this investment as a significant step towards unlocking the full potential of automation in various sectors, such as automotive, electronics, logistics, healthcare, e-commerce, and pharmaceuticals.
Overall, the Robotics Campus in Sweden represents ABB’s commitment to serving its customers in Europe, strengthening its position in the market, and driving sustainable and efficient manufacturing processes.
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