25 May 2022

Automation manufacturer produces 750,000th robot

The 750,000th industrial robot has been produced by automation technology manufacturer Fanuc. At present, the company produces around 8000 industrial robots every month at its factories in Japan, although monthly capacity is available up to 11,000 units. The company will deliver its 750,000th robot to a European customer.

Fanuc’s largest customer group are car producers and their suppliers, although manufacturers from other industries – such as electronics, food, pharmaceutical and medical – are also growing their base of industrial robots. While the coronavirus pandemic initially led to a decline in robot orders, Fanuc has since witnessed a strong rebound in sales, especially from Asia and the USA.

Shinichi Tanzawa, president & CEO of Fanuc Europe Corporation, commented: “In Europe, the recovery has truly begun. Although FANUC’s overall order intake for robots in Europe increased only slightly during the past fiscal year, sales in the past few months are at a historical high.”

The company says it is pursuing ambitious plans in Europe, where the company is steadily expanding its sales and service network. In the past four years alone, it has invested more than €120 million in new facilities across Europe. Further underpinning its growth plans, the company will invest another €100 million in the coming three years.

Tanzawa added: “We are confident that the trend towards robotisation will grow further and that Fanuc robots will help customers to automate their manufacturing plants and save cost.”