Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots inaugurate the new headquarters

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A rendering of the MiR and UR headquarters in Odense, Denmark. | Credit: UR

In a few weeks, the construction of a state-of-the-art joint headquarters for Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) will begin in Odense, Denmark. The building will accommodate up to 600 employees and will be the largest cobot and autonomous mobile robot (AMR) hub in the world. Groundbreaking took place today (April 20, 2022) and completion is expected in early 2024.

The context for the construction of a new joint headquarters is the explosive growth of MiR and Universal Robots. In 2021, both companies have grown by more than 40% and the ambitions are high. Between them, Universal Robots and MiR plan to hire more than 200 new employees in 2022 alone, which will require larger premises.

The ideal framework for innovation

However, the new headquarters doesn’t just address the need for more space, says Kim Povlsen, president of Universal Robots. “It’s not just about additional square meters. It is also about creating the optimal environment for our employees. We are continuously working to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible for cobots and automation, and with the new headquarters we will create a unique and inspiring working environment, where we will also benefit from increased cooperation with MiR and a superb synergy between us. The building is designed with a focus on the well-being of our employees and increasing opportunities for informal collaboration during the working day.

The new building will be constructed using natural building materials to reflect and blend into the environment.

Odense is a robot capital of the world

MiR President Søren E. Nielsen is also looking forward to moving into the new Cobot & AMR Hub, which he sees as a huge win, not only for MiR and Universal Robots, but also for Odense as a robot city. . “The market for autonomous mobile robots and cobots continues to grow, and we look forward to providing our current and future employees with an engaging and inspiring work environment. Odense has a strong talent pool and has successfully positioned itself in the world as a cutting-edge robotic city. We are therefore delighted to be able, together with Universal Robots, to make a long-term investment in the exceptional robotics environment of [the island of] Funen, which we helped establish. The building will be a visible testimony that Odense is a robot capital.

Both companies are owned by Teradyne, and the robotics group reportedly earned $376 million in fiscal 2021.

Editor’s note: Greg Smith, President of Teradyne’s Industrial Automation Group, will speak at the upcoming Robotics Summit and Expo on: Collaborative Robotics – Solving the Manufacturing Workforce Crisis, Creating New Opportunities

There’s still time to register to attend RSE2022 and hear Greg Smith live on stage.

Mavis R. Bernier