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JAN-MAR 2019

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 1 16 REGIONAL FOCUS: Central Asia & Mongolia ABB has announced a US$150 million investment in Shanghai, China to build the world's most advanced, automated and flexible roboঞcs factory – a cuমng-edge centre where robots make robots. The new Kangqiao manufacturing centre, near ABB's expansive China roboঞcs campus, will combine the company's connected digital technologies, including ABB Ability™ soluঞons, state-of-the-art collaboraঞve roboঞcs and innovaঞve arঞficial intelligence research to create the most sophisঞcated and environmentally sustainable "factory of the future." It is expected to begin operaঞng by the end of 2020. In 2017, one of every three robots sold in the world went to China, which purchased nearly 138,000 units. Today, ABB employs approximately 5,000 people in Shanghai, and the company's roboঞcs businesses in China employ more than 2,000 engineers, technology experts and operaঞonal leaders in 20 locaঞons across the country. ABB has invested more than US$2.4 billion in China since 1992, with over 18,000 employees in total. ABB and the Shanghai municipal government also signed a comprehensive strategic cooperaঞon agreement focused on supporঞng industry, energy, transport and infrastructure in the region, and to support the 'Made in Shanghai' manufacturing iniঞaঞve. The agreement was signed by Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. "China's commitment to transform its manufacturing is a torchlight for the rest of the world," said Mr Spiesshofer. "Its strategic embrace of the latest technologies for arঞficial intelligence, advanced roboঞcs and cloud-based compuঞng present a playbook for every country that wishes to have a globally compeঞঞve manufacturing base. "Shanghai has become a vital centre for advanced technology leadership – for ABB and the world." The new Shanghai factory will feature a number of machine learning, digital and collaboraঞve soluঞons to make it the most advanced, automated and flexible factory in the roboঞcs industry. An onsite R&D centre will help accelerate innovaঞons in arঞficial intelligence. Using a new, global design approach, the factory will be able to dramaঞcally increase both the type of robots and variants of each type of robots that can be made onsite, allowing greater and faster customisaঞon to meet the needs of customers. "The concept behind this factory is the same advice we give our customers every day: invest in automaঞon soluঞons that provide flexibility and agility to grow in whichever direcঞon the market goes," said Sami Aঞya, President of ABB's Roboঞcs and Moঞon division. "ABB is proud to help our customers in China and around the world with soluঞons that take full advantage of the latest technologies to meet the challenges of mass customisaঞon, faster cycles and constant change which have become the new normal – even in our own factories." The enঞre Shanghai factory will be modelled as a digital twin, which will provide intuiঞvely tailored dashboards for management, engineers, operators and maintenance experts to make the best decisions. This includes gathering and analysing intelligence through ABB Ability™ Connected Services on the health and performance of ABB robots in the factory to ensure early idenঞficaঞon of potenঞal anomalies. ABB to build the world's most advanced robotics factory in Shanghai

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