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ABB begins building robots in U.S.


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May 20, 2015 by Canadian Plastics

Automation technology supplier ABB Inc. has announced plans to start building robots in the U.S.

The company has opened a new robotics manufacturing plant at its facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., with production to commence immediately.

The new plant is ABB’s third robotics production facility, alongside Shanghai, China, and Västerås, Sweden, and will manufacture ABB robots and related equipment for the North American market.

According to ABB, the company is now the first global automation company to open a robot manufacturing facility in the U.S. The U.S. is ABB’s largest market with US$7.5 billion in sales.

“The new North American manufacturing presence elevates our offering and service to robotics customers in the United States, Mexico and Canada, allowing us to achieve best-in-class delivery schedules and technical support in North America,” said Per Vegard Nerseth, managing director of ABB Robotics. “The expansion is consistent with our global strategy, which is to establish a local presence in key robotics growth markets to provide our leading technology to our customers.”

With global headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, the ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.