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This collaboration agreement, which would be effective immediately, is the first-ever collaboration that focuses on ‘cobots' and creation of common industry approaches to safety, programming, and communications.

Terms and Conditions

  • As per the new cooperation agreement, both the robot makers would continue to manufacture and market their own offerings independently, while also working together on joint technical and awareness opportunities.
  • These joint areas of work comprise educating policy makers, NGOs, and the general public about the advantages of collaborative automation, and creating common industry approaches to safety, programming, and communications.
  • The cooperation agreement covers collaboration across borders. ABB is Europe's largest robot supplier while Kawasaki is one of Asia's industrial giants.

ABB and Kawasaki's Pioneering Offerings

  • ABB Robotics is a leader in industrial and collaborative robots and advanced digital services. Currently, it has presence in about 53 countries and over 100 locations, and has shipped more than 300,000 robot solutions in a diverse range of industries and applications.
  • ABB is acknowledged as a pioneer in collaborative automation due to its YuMi dual arm robot, which is the world's first truly collaborative robot. The YuMi robot allows people and robots to safely share common tasks like assembling small electronics.
  • Kawasaki Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots and robot automation systems with a broad product portfolio. It has already shipped around 170,000 robots in about 50 countries.
  • Kawasaki is offering its novel Dual-Arm SCARA Robot "duAro", which has been developed based on extensive application know-how. It can also safely collaborate and share tasks with humans in the workplace.
  • The first output from this cooperation will be a collaborative dual arm robot. It will be demonstrated at IREX International Robot Exhibition 2017, which is to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from November 29 to December 02, 2017. The robot would be exhibited at booths IR3-56, IR5-22, and SR-82.

Increasing Need for Collaborative Automation

  • Nowadays, production in most industries has shifted from larger lots with little variation to low volumes with a high mix. This means more variability and hence required greater human intervention. Therefore, collaboration between people and robots, machines, and processes is becoming increasingly important.
  • Collaborative automation brings together the unique strengths of people as well as robots. People offer process knowledge, insight, and improvisation for change, while robots offer tireless endurance for repetitive tasks.

Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Managing Executive Officer and General Manager, Kawasaki Robot Division, shared that collaborative robots, particularly those with two arms who are capable of human interactions, can significantly contribute to the society and help overcome the issue of labor shortages and an aging workforce. Thus, he envisions great potential in expanding collaborative applications and processes. He also expressed his pleasure on joining forces with ABB to lead the drive for more user-friendly, advanced collaborative automation.

Similarly, Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of ABB's Robotics business, stated that the robotics industry is transforming at a very rapid scale and pace. He expressed that along with collaborative automation technology, there is also a need for innovative ways of working together and creating common industry approaches to safety, programming, and communications.

Stock Performance Snapshot

November 28, 2017 - At Tuesday's closing bell, ABB's stock marginally climbed 0.78%, ending the trading session at $25.83.

Volume traded for the day: 2.14 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 1.42 million shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 1.85%; previous three-month period – up 12.70%; past twelve-month period – up 26.62%; and year-to-date - up 22.59%

After yesterday's close, ABB's market cap was at $55.24 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 24.65.

The stock has a dividend yield of 2.94%.

The stock is part of the Industrial Goods sector, categorized under the Diversified Machinery industry. This sector was up 1.3% at the end of the session.

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