ABB’s robotization of the Scania assembly plant for batteries

It has now been decided that ABB will supply a robotic solution to Scania’s new assembly plant for batteries in Södertälje in Sweden.

The 18,000 square meter plant is expected to be fully operational by 2023. The commercial vehicle maker has invested no less than US$108 million (about 970 million Norwegian kroner) in the project which will accelerate the company’s electrification strategy. Robotic technology will enable 24/7 production.

Scania and ABB have been working together for more than four decades and are now collaborating on the production infrastructure of electric vehicles, both trucks and buses. The companies are also involved in collaborations on charging solutions, and the two are partners at Northvolt, which is Europe’s largest manufacturer of lithium-ion battery cells. Northvolt is the largest factory in Europe of its kind.

Scania’s new assembly plant for batteries has been designed so that Scania can be at the forefront of industrial digitization, automation and the use of advanced robotic technologies to streamline production processes with increased flexibility. For Scania, the plant is also an investment that will further strengthen Sweden’s position in terms of advanced technology for the electrification of heavy vehicles, which is essential for the transition to sustainable transport.

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