ABB inaugurated its new innovation and training campus at its headquarters in B&R in Eggelsberg, Austria, the Group’s global center for machine and factory automation. The campus will create up to 1,000 new high-tech jobs and includes world-class research and development laboratories as well as global training facilities for up to 4,000 people annually in collaboration with universities. ABB invested EUR 100 million in the expansion of B&R’s headquarters.
Campus innovations in artificial intelligence and machine and factory automation will play a significant role in unlocking the potential for future industrial production in sectors such as electronics, electric mobility, food and beverage, recycling, logistics or agriculture. They will increase productivity and flexibility, help customers become more sustainable and produce closer to their end markets.
That ABB CEO, Björn Rosengrenhe has declared: “Innovation has been in ABB’s DNA for over 130 years, and our division, B&R, is a true innovation benchmark for the transformation to more automated manufacturing. The official opening of this campus is a proud moment for ABB, as we create highly qualified jobs while shaping the machines and factories of the future with our customers.. “
A hub for integrated production, research and education in Central Europe
The new campus expands the total area of B & R’s headquarters to over 100,000 m², making B&R one of the largest integrated production, research and training sites in Central Europe with approximately 2,400 employees. The expansion will free up additional space that will be used as additional production capacity to meet the growing demand for B&R products.
That Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer thanked ABB for the important initiative: “Investments in our companies are always important investments for the future of Austria as well. The pandemic, disruptions in global supply chains and now the war in Ukraine clearly remind us that we must become more independent if we are to be prepared for future challenges. I am therefore pleased that ABB is taking an important step in bringing production back to its home country with the opening of its new innovation and training campus. Campus will not only be an engine for digitization and automation, it will also create jobs and contribute to Austria’s prosperity. In a rapidly changing world, facilities such as the new ABB Global Campus are of paramount importance to Austria’s role in the global economy and generate growth as a center of innovation and investment. The ever-increasing digitization and automation of our industries will be the key to the reindustrialisation of Europe and also to bring production back to Austria. Through industry homeshoring, we create new jobs, protect Europe’s supply chain and seize the opportunities for a more sustainable future.“.
Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics & Discrete Automation business areahe added: “This is a decade of transformation towards robot technology and automation, as our customers respond to global labor and supply shortages, the acceleration of consumer demand for custom products and the need to operate more sustainably. . ABB’s new campus will serve as a hub for collaboration with customers around the world, helping them respond to these trends and support B&R in becoming a go-to partner for the world’s most ambitious industrial automation projects.“.
According to ABB surveys, 8 out of 10 companies in Europe and the US plan to automate further and 7 out of 10 move closer or re-establish their production. The volume of the global addressable market for machine and factory automation is currently estimated at $ 20 billion annually and is expected to increase to $ 31 billion annually by 2030.
With the acquisition of B&R in 2017, ABB became the only company to offer industrial automation customers the full range of integrated hardware and software solutions for control, activation, robotics, sensing, analysis and electrification.
Innovation and training hub open to develop and train together
ABB’s innovation and training campus will serve as an open innovation hub, where B&R will work closely with international customers, companies and start-ups from across the region as well as research and educational institutions to jointly develop automation solutions and train the necessary talents. for the factories of the future.
“We are experiencing a record number of vacancies in Austria. At the same time, the number of employees is higher than ever. This makes it all the more important to tackle the skills gap in Europe in order to keep pace with the digital transformation and seize the opportunities it offers. B & R’s new campus with its dual training program is an important example of how to bring European manufacturing companies to the forefront of the world with qualification and innovation initiatives to successfully address the current economic situation and societal challenges.“, Confirmed Austrian Minister for Labor Martin Kocher.
Jörg Theis, chairman of B&Rhe has declared: “Education will have top priority on campus. Every year, our Automation Academy will provide inspiration and training opportunities to up to 4,000 students, apprentices, customer experts and employees around the world.“. Jörg Theis he added that B&R intends to offer dual education at the university level in collaboration with higher education institutions.
B&R unveils the new brand identity
With the opening of the campus, B&R also presented the new brand identity, which creates a visual link between B&R and ABB.
“Our new visual design underscores ABB’s strong commitment to B&R as a category brand and demonstrates the strength of B&R and ABB to grow and work together. Being part of this large family creates many new opportunities for every employee to proactively shape their career“, he has declared Jörg Theis.
Sustainable campus with one of the largest photovoltaic plants for own consumption in Austria
As part of its 2030 sustainability strategy, ABB plans to achieve CO2 neutrality in its activities by the end of the decade. At B&R, ABB has installed one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) systems for own consumption in Austria. Additional photovoltaic modules on campus will increase total production to 1.8 MW. Self-consumption is about 98%.