ABB Outfits Renault Group Facilities With Industrial Robots for Electric Vehicle Production

ABB's robots are being used in the automotive company's facilities in France.

Renault Group

An aerial shot of Renault's Douai facility.
Renault Group has installed ABB robots at its electric vehicle production facilities to speed up development.

ABB announced last week that it is supporting automobile manufacturer Renault Group by providing robots at the company's electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in Cléon and Douai France. ABB claimed its robotic automation solutions will help increase Renault Group's capacity. In the past 24 months, ABB has delivered most of the 160 units Renault Group has ordered.

At the company’s Douai facility, ABB technology will help manufacture the next generation of electric vehicles with new advanced body-in-white facilities, the Zürich, Switzerland-based company said.

Renault Group is based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France and designs and manufactures private and commercial vehicles. The company sells its vehicles under five brand names, including Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine & Lada.

“ABB is proud to have worked with Renault Group for more than two decades and we’re delighted to support them again as they accelerate the electrification of their product line-up,” said Marc Segura, president of ABB robotics division.

“Renault Group has established itself as a pioneer in the electric vehicle market with successes such as the Renault Zoe. With our expertise in flexible manufacturing, we look forward to ensuring these successes continue as we all move towards a sustainable transport future,” he added.

ABB also provides safety software

Apart from the large industrial robot portfolio, ABB is providing SafeMove software which provides safety-rated supervision of robot motion, enabling leaner automation cells and closer collaboration; integration expertise for complex processes including motor windings, balancing, and testing; and over 50 additional software applications from ABB’s extensive catalog.

ABB’s Robotics division is a global provider of technology for powertrain and battery assembly, as well as body-in-white and the painting and sealing of EVs.

ABB Survey Finds Manufacturers Thinking Ahead

In related ABB news, the Zurich, Switzerland-based company last month announced the results of a survey it conducted in partnership with industry publication Automotive Manufacturing Solutions.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents cited ongoing supply chain concerns when asked to select their top three challenges to automotive manufacturing, while 41% cited the impacts of material and component price increases and 31% pointed to growing labor costs and shortages.

The survey also revealed how manufacturers were turning to increased stock-holding and bulk material purchasing to limit their exposure to a disruption elsewhere in the supply chain while working with a wider network of suppliers to ensure sufficient availability of parts.

Cléon Mégafactory | Renault Group

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An aerial shot of Renault's Douai facility.

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