MiR and Universal Robots have opened the world’s first collaborative robotics hub
On 6th November, Barcelona laid the foundations to become the center of innovation in collaborative automation in Southern Europe. Two of the major reference companies in this industry, Universal Robots and MiR (Mobile Industrial Robots), opened the first worldwide hub focusing on collaborative robotics in 22@ district of Barcelona. More than 150 people attended the event.
The new hub is 1,500 m2 that are occupied by each company’s different offices, plus a joint showroom where the latest technology and applications for cobots will be demonstrated. About 80 people work in the hub.
Conceived as an inspirational space to innovate in collaborative robotics and mobile robotics, the new site will also host trainings and meetings for generating synergies between developers, distributors and manufacturers.
Founded in the city of Odense (Denmark), Universal Robots and MiR are the two largest and leading robotics companies in Odense, which is known as the “Silicon Valley” of robotics. The two companies are now extending their presence in Barcelona as well.
In recent years, the Catalan capital has become a focal point in automation. According to ACCIÓ, the Agency for Competitiveness of the Government of Catalonia, nowadays there are a thousand foreign companies in technology sectors in Catalonia.
Matilde Villarroya, General Director of Industry of the Government of Catalonia, who attended the opening, said that “Catalonia has the qualities that foreign companies value to invest in: a dynamic, diversified and internationalized economy with excellent infrastructure and an innovative business environment”. “The project of Universal Robots and MiR is very relevant for the Catalan economy: industrial robotics is a key factor in the transition to Industry 4.0 and plays a very important role for the society development”, added Villarroya.
Thomas Visti, CEO of MiR, agrees and continues: “This collaborative robot hub will bring us even closer to the Southern European market and to letting us share the latest technologies. This is a great opportunity for us, as this is a market of high potential, where we see continuously more companies in all types of industries that are interested in optimizing processes with collaborative robots to stay competitive”.
According to Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots, the election of the 22@ district of Barcelona as the place for the new hub responds to a strategic decision. “We have chosen Barcelona because it gives us access to qualified resources, ability to attract talent from around the world, a vibrant business activity and good infrastructure.”
Finally, Jens Kisling, Danish Ambassador for Spain and Andorra, underlined that “the alliance between companies, academic institutions and the public sector developed a high level technological center in Odense, Denmark. Universal Robots and MiR are two excellent representatives of that. Now the model has been exported to Barcelona, creating a collaborative robotics center for Southern Europe”.
In the collaborative robotics hub, Universal Robots will provide its experience as the world’s leading manufacturer of cobots, of which it has sold more than 39,000 units. These robots release employees from all types of repetitive and hazardous jobs, delivering high precision and competitiveness in industrial processes. Moreover, MiR will be offering its expertise in collaborative mobile robots, a solution for automating internal transport operations in a broad range of factories and healthcare sectors.