Robots Making Robots
|Source: ABB's YuMi conducting Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra in Italy|
ABB's New Shanghai Robot Factory
At the new ABB robot factory in China, the Swiss engineering group will use robots to make robots. It's a $150 million, state of the art facility in Shanghai that the company just announced today. ABB is building the factory to strategically secure and defend its place as China's largest maker of industrial robots. YuMi, the highly acclaimed robot conductor, will be part of the workforce. YuMi humanoid robots are designed to work side by side with people.
The new factory will open in 2020. It's close to ABB's China robotics campus. It will build robots for China and for export elsewhere in Asia. China is ABB's #2 market after the US.
Shanghai Global Technology Center
In a statement announcing the project, ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said: "Shanghai has become a vital center for advanced technology leadership for ABB and the world." In 2017, 1 in every 3 industrial robots purchased globally were bought by China.