The technology company ABB is investing around 260 million euros in a new robotics campus in Europe. The 65,000 m² robotics center in Sweden (Västerås) replaces the existing facilities at the site and is scheduled to open at the end of 2026, the company says. The aim is to increase production capacity and strengthen ABB’s position on the European market and “Local for Local” concept.
50 percent increase in production capacity
The “state-of-the-art” ABB Robotics European Campus in Västerås will serve as a hub for collaborative and industrial robots in Europe, providing customers with “digital solutions to support flexible automation as part of the ‘local for local’ production strategy” – 95 percent of those sold Robots in the region are already being manufactured in Sweden. In addition, the location enables close collaboration with customers and partners in the development of robotics and automation solutions on site.
The new campus is expected to increase production capacity by 50 percent and provide 1,300 jobs. “The investment in our new campus is driven by customer demand and projected market growth,” said Björn Rosengren, CEO of ABB. According to ABB, the European robotics and automation market is expected to grow by 7 percent per year between 2023 and the end of 2027.
“Local for Local”
The new building will ensure that we remain in close proximity to customers, suppliers, universities and partners from Europe and at the same time ensure short lead times, shorter transport routes and a lower CO₂ footprint. The group operates additional robotics systems in Shanghai for customers in Asia and in Auburn Hills for the American market.
In June of this year, ABB took over the smart home specialist EVE. In a pilot project with the US non-profit organization Junglekeepers, the company is working on the automated reforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
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