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FANUC Inks Deal with Volvo Cars to Supply Industrial Robots Globally

by Anna

Leading automation supplier FANUC has entered into a significant contract with Volvo Cars to provide industrial robots to the automaker’s production facilities worldwide, including its upcoming battery manufacturing sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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The initial phase of this collaboration entails FANUC delivering over 700 robots to Volvo Cars’ new manufacturing plant in Kosice, Slovakia. The first vehicles from this facility are expected to commence production in 2026. Concurrently, FANUC will supply robots to Volvo Cars’ facilities in Ghent, Belgium, and Daqing, China.

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Marco Ghirardello, President and CEO of FANUC Europe, expressed his satisfaction with this long-term partnership, stating, “Volvo Cars was looking for a long-term partner in factory automation, and we are proud that we will now shape the future of the automotive industry together.”

Volvo Cars has a clear vision to exclusively manufacture electric vehicles starting in 2030 and attain CO2 neutrality by 2040. The new environmentally-conscious manufacturing facility in Slovakia represents the automaker’s first plant exclusively dedicated to electric vehicle production. FANUC is thrilled to play a pivotal role in enhancing Volvo Cars’ sustainability endeavors.

Ralf Völlinger, General Manager of the Robot Business Division at FANUC Europe, emphasized the environmental advantages of their robots, stating, “The fact that our robots consume little energy, are extremely durable, and enjoy unlimited maintenance makes us an attractive partner for companies that want to operate sustainably.”

As Volvo Cars advances towards its electric vehicle-focused future, this collaboration with FANUC exemplifies their commitment to innovative automation solutions that align with their environmental and operational objectives.

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