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ABB breaks ground on factory of the future

ABB has broken ground on its new US$150m robotics manufacturing and research centre in Shanghai, expected to open in 2021.

The 67,000 square metre facility will, according to ABB, be the most automated, advanced, and flexible robotics factory in the world, and will feature robots making robots; it will also incorporate an onsite R&D centre for artificial intelligence.

According to Peter Voser, chairman and CEO of ABB, the investment represents a big push into a lucrative robotics market: one out of every three robots sold in the world in 2017 went to China, and global robot sales are predicted to top $130bn in 2025, up from $80bn today.
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