Robot Production Comes to U.S.

Representatives say ABB is the first global industrial robotics company to manufacture in North America.

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ABB says the opening of a new robotics plant at its Auburn Hills, Michigan facility makes it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint.

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.

The United States is ABB’s largest market with US$7.5 billion in sales. The company has invested more than US$10 billion in local R&D, capital expenditure and acquisitions since 2010, taking local employment from 11,500 to 26,300. Continued investment in the North American value chain and manufacturing constitutes a significant part of ABB’s global growth plans reflecting the company’s Next Level strategy.

“Robotics is a fundamental enabler of the next level of North American industrial growth in an increasingly competitive world,” says ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “With our continued commitment and investment, our local team is well positioned to support our customers with robotics solutions made in the United States. Our leading technology of web-enabled, collaborative and safe robots will contribute to job security and quality of work.”

“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,” adds Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of ABB Robotics.

The portfolio of products manufactured at the new facility will expand in phases, with the goal that most ABB robots and robot controllers delivered in the United States, Canada and Mexico will be manufactured in Auburn Hills. According to the company, localized manufacturing streamlines the delivery process and results in significantly reduced robot lead times for customers.