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Robot orders surge as vehicle output climbs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

In a bid to keep pace with rising production, automakers and suppliers are ordering record numbers of robots. Last year, companies ordered 17,678 automotive robots in North America, up 45 percent from 2013, said the Robotic Industries Association. Manufacturers are hustling to boost output now that annual North American light-vehicle production is topping 17 million units....
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production....
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N.A. robot sales poised for record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Standardized robotic stations can improve quality as lightweight materials gain favor, exec says

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

Automakers' rapid embrace of lightweight materials will dramatically increases manufacturing complexity that can be solved with automation and standardization, says Martin Kinsella, director of advanced materials and process technology for Comau....
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Robotics suppliers post record business in North America

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014

Robotics suppliers, paced by automakers preparing for new-product launches, posted records for orders in North America during the second quarter and first half of the year, an industry trade group reported today....
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