Global supplier of power and automation technologies ABB (Zürich) has announced that it will start production of robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit to and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint. The company made the announcement at the opening of a new robotics plant at an existing facility in Auburn Hills, MI. The company currently has a staff of 500 at the facility; it plans to double employment over the next five years, according to the Detroit News. Production is to commence immediately.
The new plant is ABB's third robotics production facility, alongside Shanghai, China, and Västerås, Sweden. It will manufacture ABB robots and related equipment for the North American market.
The company supplies systems to the life science and biotechnology sectors, along with many other industries.
The United States is ABB's largest market with $7.5 billion in sales. The company has invested more than $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.