Universal robots and mobile industrial robots (MiR) innovate

  • May 02, 2022
  • Universal Robots
  • Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)
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Universal robots and mobile industrial robots (MiR) innovate

March 30, 2022 – In a few weeks, the construction of the state-of-the-art joint headquarters of 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 will take place on April 20 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, explained 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 work 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

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.

About universal robots

Universal Robots aims to drive change in the way work is done using its industry-leading robotics platform. Since the introduction of the world’s first commercially viable collaborative robot (cobot) in 2008, UR has developed a product portfolio comprising the UR3e, UR5e, UR10e and UR16e, reflecting a range of reach and payloads. Each model is supported by a wide selection of end effectors, software, accessories and application kits in the UR+ ecosystem. This allows cobots to be used in a wide range of industries and means they can be redeployed on various tasks. The company, part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, and has offices in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Mexico. Universal Robots has installed over 50,000 cobots worldwide.

About mobile industrial robots

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) develops and markets the industry’s most advanced line of collaborative and safe Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) that quickly, easily and cost-effectively manage internal logistics, freeing up employees for higher value activities added. Hundreds of medium to large multinational manufacturers and logistics centers, as well as several hospitals around the world, have installed MiR’s innovative robots. As a global market leader, MiR has a global distribution network in over 60 countries, with regional offices in New York, San Diego, Singapore, Seoul, Frankfurt, Barcelona, ​​Tokyo and Shanghai. Founded by experienced Danish professionals in the robotics industry, MiR is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, and in 2018 was acquired by Teradyne.

About Teradyne

Teradyne brings high-quality innovations such as smart devices, life-saving medical equipment and data storage systems to market faster. Its advanced test solutions for semiconductors, electronic systems, wireless devices and more ensure products perform as designed. Its industrial automation offerings include collaborative and mobile robots that help manufacturers of all sizes improve productivity and reduce costs. In 2021, Teradyne achieved sales of $3.7 billion and today employs more than 5,800 people worldwide. For more information, visit teradyne.com. Teradyne is a registered trademark of Teradyne, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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Mavis R. Bernier