On the factory production line, a row of robot "producers" are swinging the robotic arm for assembly work, and they are equipped with the same robot "brothers". "Robot Production Robot" became a reality in Shanghai's ABB, a globally advanced robotic factory.
In 1994, ABB established its first joint venture in Shanghai, Shanghai ABB Transformer Co., Ltd., which has since opened the history of ABB's development in Shanghai and witnessed the growth of Shanghai's economy towards high quality. Speaking of the changes in digital, automation and intelligence in Shanghai over the past few years, ABB China Senior Vice President Li Gang has a deep feeling. "Twenty years ago, there were only six robots in Shanghai's most advanced factory, and now the robots are all over Shanghai. In all aspects of each factory."
In October last year, ABB announced that it would invest 150 million US dollars in China to build a world's largest, most advanced and most flexible robotic production plant. It is reported that the plant will break ground in June this year and will be put into operation by the end of 2020.
In addition to ABB, FANUC, another member of the "Global Industrial Robots Big Four", has officially announced in recent days that its world's largest robotic production base outside Japan is about to land in Shanghai. The total investment of the project is about 15 100 million yuan; American Johnson & Johnson also chose to set up its "J-Lab" project in Shanghai, which is the first biomedical incubator accelerator outside of North America; Microsoft's third global laboratory will also be located in Zhangjiang, Shanghai Public innovation provides a functional platform.
The reporter learned that in 2017, one-third of the world's robots were sold to China, with sales of nearly 138,000 units. China is growing into the world's largest robot market. In Shanghai alone, there are nearly a hundred robot-related companies. According to the latest data from the Shanghai Economic and Information Commission, the current artificial intelligence-related industry in Shanghai has reached 70 billion yuan, and more than 1,000 artificial intelligence core enterprises have formed more mature industrial technologies and business models in intelligent driving and intelligent robots. The field has reached the national leading level.
“The business environment that Shanghai is striving to create has made our foreign-funded enterprises take a reassurance. The relevant government departments have always given concern and help in the project establishment process, and the government-built platform can make more interaction between artificial intelligence and the real economy. Shanghai is a gathering place for all kinds of high-end talents.” Li Gang said frankly about the reasons for choosing to settle in Shanghai.
In order to attract scientific and technological talents, Shanghai has been cultivating “Sycamore Tree” in recent years. Shanghai Municipal Party Committee Deputy Secretary and Mayor Ying Yong introduced that Shanghai has introduced the “20”, “30” and “Talent Peak” engineering action plans for talent policies. The implementation of the foreign talent visa system, high-level talents and team introduction work is also carried out in an orderly manner. At present, there are 175 academicians in the Shanghai and the two academies.
"What we are looking at is the development potential of Shanghai. In the future, Shanghai will not only be the Yangtze River Delta, but also the innovation base of China and the world. Microsoft, which is based on science and technology, needs a big platform like Shanghai to achieve great development." Microsoft Asia Hong Xiaowen, dean of the institute, said in an interview.