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KUKA to double capacity

GERMAN industrial robot maker KUKA will double the capacity of its operations in Shanghai’s Songjiang District next year to meet surging demand in China, the company said yesterday.

Its Songjiang plants will produce 20,000 robots a year by 2018, up from 10,000, said Andy Wen, CEO of KUKA Robotics China.

China accounted for about 35 percent of KUKA’s global robot sales last year, “which is already a big figure,” Wen said.

“But by 2020, we expect that China will take up over 50 percent of our robot sales as we shift more focus to this region, seeing larger potential and more robust growth compared with more mature markets such as Europe.”

KUKA will also add research centers in Songjiang next year.

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