With financial backing from their joint U.S. parent company Teradyne, Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) and Universal Robots (UR) have acquired a 334,000 square foot building site in Odense, Denmark, where $36 million will be invested in the construction of a major cobot hub in the "cobot capital" of the world. Collaborative robots -- or cobots -- are now the fastest growing segment of industrial automation. Cobots are a type of user-friendly robots that can work closely with humans without the need for safety guarding, enhancing both work environment and productivity.
The new cobot hub supports Teradyne's mission to further strengthen the significant leads that both MiR and UR have established worldwide.
"MiR and UR are leading the world in the collaborative robot revolution that's making automation solutions available to companies of all sizes. Teradyne continues to invest aggressively in the development of new products, solutions, and sales channels and this new facility is a key part of our growth strategy," says Mark Jagiela, President and CEO of Teradyne.
Expects Further Job Growth
The building site is in Odense's industrial district close to UR's current headquarters, which will also become part of the new cobot hub. The two companies will continue as separate entities with the aim to create an attractive environment that will help attract new employees to facilitate the continued growth expected by the two companies in the coming years.
"Denmark has a significant lead in the global market for cobots. Investing ambitiously in building the world's largest cobot hub right here in Odense makes a lot of sense," says Thomas Visti, CEO of Mobile Industrial Robots. "Offering a strong, professional environment with superb facilities enables us to attract talent from all over the world." MiR has hired 100 new employees the past year, with UR adding 280 new staff members during the past two years. Today, the two companies have 160 and 450 employees respectively based in Denmark. UR employs almost 700 employees worldwide while MiR's staff counts a total of around 220 globally.
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