Zurich, Switzerland, February 28, 2013 -- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is poised to start the New Year with a bang following the order of 2,400 robots by BMW Group. Over the next three years the robots will be installed at factories in Regensburg and Leipzig, Germany, as well as in Tiexi, China. The ABB robots will mainly be used for material handling tasks, as well as gluing and spot welding processes. BMW's choice of ABB for the blanket supply of so many robots is telling. This is not the first such order BMW has made with ABB and is evidence of a strongly renewed relationship between the two companies.
''BMW is a world class and forward thinking customer," said Per Vegard Nerseth, Head of ABB Robotics. "We are proud, that they have renewed their relationship with us and have again chosen to trust in innovative robot technology from ABB. Auto makers clearly have confidence that investing in robotic automation is a sound business strategy.''
ABB robots enable customers to implement efficient manufacturing systems that sustainably produce high-quality products. The company's range of products and solutions for lean manufacturing cover the range from body-in-white to the final assembly of complete car bodies. They improve competitiveness and at the same time, optimally comply with customer specifications. ABB has installed more than 200,000 robots worldwide.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.