In 2019, the economic situation continued to be unstable, and foreign robot giants accelerated their deployment in China

In 2019, as the global economic situation continued to be unstable,RobotmarketThe development has been restricted and affected to some extent. For many companies, it can be said that it has entered a “cold winter”. But on the other hand, there are still many outstanding leading companies that are still moving forward, bringing dawn to the prospects of the industry.such as the still strong foreignRobot“Four Families”.

Next, OFweek Robot Network will review the major events that occurred in the first 10 months of 2019 for the “Four Families”.

KUKA Robotics (KUKA)

At the beginning of this year, the news of Kuka Robot’s net profit plummeting attracted the attention of the entire robot industry.

On March 28, Peter Mohnen, the current CEO of KUKA, announced the company’s 2018 financial annual report in Germany.

According to the annual report, in 2018, KUKA achieved revenue of 3.2 billion euros (about 24.1 billion yuan), a year-on-year decrease of 6.8%; of which, the net profit after tax was 16.6 million euros (about 125 million yuan) , down 81.2% year-on-year. According to KUKA’s statement at the time, there were two main reasons for the decline in performance. On the one hand, the company invested more in research and development in the past year, an increase of 18% year-on-year. On the other hand, it was also affected by the global economic growth. slowing effect.

In July, Wang Jiangbing stepped down as CEO of KUKA China and was replaced by Wang Hui.

September, KUKArobot technologyThe application center was unveiled in Optics Valley.

According to reports, the center has a construction area of ​​about 1,700 square meters. It is jointly constructed by KUKA Robot and Optics Valley Enterprise Kubot Technology. It consists of laboratories, R&D centers, exhibition centers and training centers.The center will revolve around wisdommedicalsmart logistics, smart new retail, artificial intelligence + agricultural product standardization platform, artificial intelligence + education and other aspects to carry out research and development and cooperation, and will be held regularlyindustryrobotForum, new product release and other activities.

On October 25, KUKA Robot and Mecamand Robot held a strategic cooperation signing ceremony in Shanghai.The achievement of this strategic cooperation means that the two parties will use their respective advantageous resources in channels, technology and other aspects to further cooperate in depth and promote traditional industries such as logistics.automationModel innovation.

ABB Robotics

On May 1, ABB announced that it had formally signed an agreement with SAIC Volkswagen to provide Volkswagen’s world’s first new energy vehicle factory in Anting, Shanghai with advanced robotic painting solutions, helping it build the world’s first new vehicle that is automated, energy-saving and environmentally friendly. Energy vehicle manufacturing plant.

It is reported that this is the first large-scale automatic painting project provided by ABB for SAIC Volkswagen. The new energy vehicle factory has a total construction area of ​​about 610,000 square meters. It is planned to be completed and put into operation in 2020, with a planned annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles.

On September 12, ABB announced that it officially broke ground on its new robotics factory and R&D base in Shanghai, China. The plant is expected to be put into operation in 2021 with a total investment of US$150 million (about 1 billion RMB).

The new factory is located in Kangqiao, Shanghai, covering an area of ​​67,000 square meters. It will adopt advanced manufacturing processes including machine learning, digitalization and collaborative solutions, and is committed to making it the most advanced, flexible and automated in the global robotics industry. Factory of the highest degree – a cutting-edge center for the use of robots in the manufacture of robots. The new facility will also house a robust R&D center to help accelerate the development of innovation in artificial intelligence. The R&D center will adopt an open innovation model, and ABB will work closely with customers to jointly develop automation solutions that meet customers’ personalized customization needs.

On October 9, ABB officially opened its new healthcare research center at Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston, USA.Back in July, ABB had announced that it would open a new healthcare research center in October focused on developing non-surgical technologies with medical staff, scientists and engineers.medical robotsystems, including logistics and next-generation automated laboratory technology.

On October 31, ABB signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Shanghai Seventh People’s Hospital. ABB will provide it with robots and automation systems for medical applications, jointly build smart hospitals, build smart pharmacies, and promote technological innovation in the healthcare industry.

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Published on 08/27/2022