ABB, a Swiss engineering and technology company, is investing $280 million in a new European robotics factory in Sweden to meet the growing customer demand. The investment aims to ensure continuous production and avoid supply chain disruptions during the company’s transition from Asia.
The company announced its expansion into Europe with plans to establish an advanced ABB Robotics European Campus in Västerås, Sweden. The intention is for the new campus to serve as the company’s hub for robotics services within Europe, offering AI-powered collaborative and industrial robots as well as providing digital solutions with flexible automation to fit Sweden’s local production strategy.
ABB aims to complete all production processes for its new campus by late 2026. ABB Chief Executive, Bjorn Rosengren, noted that the company’s expansion will scale higher due to anticipated market growth in Sweden.
The new Swedish facility is expected to strengthen ABB’s global leadership position in robotics and automation while increasing ABB’s production capacity by over 50%. The campus will also boost the firm’s supply capacity within the European market, which ABB plans to scale by 7% before 2027.
Upon completion of the campus in Sweden, ABB’s total investment in its three robotics facilities since 2018 will amount to $50 million. The other two facilities include a large factory in Shanghai, China, for Asian customers, and a site in Auburn Hills for American clients. The company’s commitment to China remains, despite the current tension between China and Washington and the weaker than expected recovery rate of the Chinese economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $280 million investment in the new European robotics factory signals ABB’s commitment to meeting increasing customer demand and maintaining a strong position in the global robotics market. This move also shows ABB’s dedication to local production strategies and flexible automation solutions. Despite geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty, ABB continues to invest in its production capacity and foster growth within the robotics industry.