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ABB Opens $20M Robotics Center at its Auburn Hills Headquarters

Posted By: DBUSINESS on March 18, 2024.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

Swiss-based ABB Robotics has opened a $20-million expansion of its U.S. robotics headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, which is part of a plan to further develop and manufacture robotic solutions in the U.S.

The work done in Auburn Hills is part of approximately $170 million ABB is investing in its electrification and automation businesses across the U.S. The refitted facility includes a new training center to be used to educate more than 3,000 workers and students each year.

The expansion is expected to create 72 new jobs in the area and is supported by a $450,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

“The opening of our refitted state-of-the-art U.S. robotics headquarters in Auburn Hills is a significant part of our global growth story, reaffirming our commitment to industry leadership in the U.S.,” says Sami Atiya, president of the robotics and discrete automation business area for ABB.

“Robotics and AI are essential tools for companies in addressing critical labor shortages, localized supply chains, and the need to operate more sustainably. The advances in AI-driven software and hardware make our robots more accessible to a wider range of businesses, enabling them to increase resilience and become more competitive.”

With a 30 percent increase in facility space, the new Auburn Hills facility was designed to enhance ABB’s ability to serve its growing customer base. Through the new customer experience center, ABB can showcase its hardware and software solutions and the latest digital and AI-powered automation technologies with customers.

The site will support ABB Robotics’ specialist centers, including its packaging and logistics hub in Atlanta, its life sciences and health care hub at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, and its AI research lab in San Jose, Calif.

“Through our expanded facility, partner ecosystem, and comprehensive AI-enabled product portfolio, we are pushing the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels,” says John Bubnikovich, president of the U.S. robotics division at ABB. “We look forward to increasing support for our customers, to expanding our role as an employer, and to energizing the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future.”

In addition to capitalizing on the concentration of technical skills in the community, ABB will provide upskilling and career opportunities to train workers with no prior experience or degree with the skills needed to start a career in the robotics and automation industry.

ABB Robotics has invested $30 million in the U.S. since 2019 across four locations, opening its original Auburn Hills manufacturing facility in 2015.

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