ABB celebrates delivery of 20,000th robot made in China

ABB Robot Manufacturing Base at Kangqiao, Shanghai is now the robot manufacturing center boasting the highest total output in China

Li Gang making a speech at the 20,000th robot delivery celebration
Shanghai, September 17, 2013 – ABB, the leading global power and automation technology group, recently announced the successful delivery of its 20,000th robot made in China. In the meantime, its global robot manufacturing base located in Kangqiao Town, Shanghai also became the robot manufacturing center boasting the highest total industrial robot output in China.

Li Gang, Head of ABB Robotics in China, said: “Delivery of the 20,000th robot marks a new beginning for ABBs Robotics’ business in China. With a steadfast commitment to the strategy ‘in China, for China and the world,’ ABB will continue to improve its local R&D capabilities and introduce new robot products, addressing domestic and international customers’ need for enhanced productivity and competitiveness with its leading robot technologies and solutions, while promoting industrial upgrade in China.”

ABB Robotics started its China operations in 1994. In 2005, ABB established a robotics R&D center in Shanghai to better serve the local market. In 2006, ABB Global Robotics headquarters was officially relocated to Shanghai. With the continuous development of the Chinese market, the group set up the ABB Shanghai Kangqiao Base in China, a 20,000 square meter production facility, which is one of ABB’s two global robot manufacturing bases. Additionally, the facility is home to the only global production base for ABB’s painting robots and ABB’s first global robot quality center.

Today, 80% of ABB’s robot models can be locally produced in China, and 90% of ABB robots sold in the Chinese market are locally manufactured. At the same time, ABB’s R&D team in China has successfully developed 4 new robots, including IRB 120, the tiniest member of ABB’s robot family and IRB 460, the fastest palletizing robot in the world. ABB is the only multinational company with a truly localized value chain for industrial robots, including R&D, production, sales, engineering and services.

As demand for robot application talent in China increases, ABB is playing an active role in talent cultivation alongside Chinese colleges and universities. It has formed cooperative relationships with renowned universities like Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Harbin Institute of Technology. The group has been providing comprehensive support to the universities including supplying textbooks, equipment, trainings, courseware, software and trainers, and assisting robot application skills contests for the purposes of cultivating professional robotics talent.
ABB robot family

At the end of 2012, in the “Guangdong Vocational Skill Contest – Electro-mechanical Skill Competition & National Programmable Control System Designer Vocational Skill Competition,” ABB provided 20 locally developed “Chinese Dragon” IRB 120 robots to be used as contest devices and also provided technical support for the competition. ABB robotics professional engineers coached contestants on operation skills and provided on-site support.

ABB mainly provides robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. In the auto industry, ABB has world-leading technologies that serve the entire process of automobile manufacturing including stamping, body-in-white, spraying and powertrain. ABB provides robotic technologies and services to many auto manufacturers such as BMW and Volvo.

In 1974, ABB launched IRB 6, the first all-electric robot. Today, ABB has installed more than 200,000 industrial robots of nearly 30 models all around the world, addressing the production requirements of various industries. The group provides comprehensive support including powerful system integration and a global sales & service network covering 53 countries, helping customers enhance their productivity, product quality and safety.

ABB ( 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. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.

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