ABB opens refitted robot factory

March 18, 2024
Company has invested $20 million in Michigan, and expansion will create more than 70 jobs.

ABB in March opened an expanded robotics headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. — the latest milestone in its over $30 million robotics investment in the U.S. since 2019. It will support customers in a variety of growing U.S. robotics segments, including packaging and logistics, food and beverage, construction, life sciences and health care, and electric vehicle production. It represents a 30 percent increase in facility space and a $20 million investment in Auburn Hills, which, according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, will create more than 70 jobs.

It is ABB’s third global robotics factory expansion in three years across China, Europe and the Americas. 

Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation Business Area, noted, “America is now the world’s second-largest robotics market.”

“The opening of our refitted state-of-the-art U.S. robotics headquarters … is a significant part of our global growth story, reaffirming our commitment to industry leadership in the U.S.,” Atiya said. “Robotics and AI [artificial intelligence] 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.”