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ABB robots to build new Mercedes-Benz GLC model

ABB has secured the contract to deliver more than 250 robots to Valmet Automotive, which will use the machines to build the new Mercedes-Benz GLC model from 2017 onwards

Finland’s Valmet Automotive has ordered more than 250 ABB industrial robots to build the new Mercedes-Benz GLC sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Finland’s Valmet Automotive has ordered more than 250 ABB industrial robots to build the new Mercedes-Benz GLC sport utility vehicle (SUV).

ABB has secured a contract to deliver more than 250 robots to Valmet Automotive.

The machines, which are to be installed at Valmet’s Uusikaupunki body shop in Finland, will be used to produce the new Mercedes-Benz GLC sport utility vehicle (SUV) from next year.

This is the largest contract for industrial robots ever signed in Finland, and will double the total number of ABB robots within the Valmet fleet.

Commenting on the deal, Pekka Tiitinen, president of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division, said: “ABB’s flexible and intelligent manufacturing technologies will help Valmet Automotive reduce investment costs, increase productivity, and respond quickly to market demands.

“Improving industrial productivity is one of the major growth drivers of ABB’s ‘Next Level’ strategy,” he added.

Valmet’s recently announced production line is a greenfield project that consists of main lines and sub-assembly cells. The latest consignment of ABB robots will boost productivity and shorten lead times, according to the Finnish automotive supplier.

The order includes units from ABB’s IRB 6700 and IRB8700 lines. The latter, which was launched in 2015, is the manufacturer’s largest robot to date, boasting a reach of 3.5m and a payload-handling capacity of 800kg.

Valmet will begin production of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC model in 2017.

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