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ABB buys Codian to expand into hygienic delta robots

02 October, 2020

ABB has acquired the Dutch delta robot manufacturer Codian Robotics, whose products includes a hygienic line, suitable for food and beverage and pharmaceuticals applications. The deal accelerates ABB’s involvement in the expanding field of delta robots, which are used mainly for precision pick-and-place duties. Both have parties agreed not to disclose any details regarding the purchase price.

Codian Robotics is located in Ede in the Netherlands and employs 20 people. The company will continue to serve its customers directly.

While most robots in the food and beverage industry are not designed to touch food, Codian’s portfolio includes a hygienic design that allows safe food processing.

“Our acquisition underscores our focus on breakthrough technology, helping our customers to fully realise the potential of automation and increase their flexibility in a rapidly changing business landscape,” says Sami Atiya, president of ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation. “Codian Robotics’ technologies and industry expertise are the perfect addition to our suite of food and beverage, pharmaceutical, service robotics and logistics solutions, while also supporting ABB’s machine-centric robotics offering.

“There is a strong need for pick-and-place robots that ensure high hygienic standards, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he points out. “Our food and beverage, pharmaceutical and logistics customers are particularly interested in the potential of automation, enabling supply chains to continue to function, while protecting employee welfare.”

Codian Robotics' portfolio of delta robots includes hygienic designs that can handle food safely

In the future, ABB will be able to offer its customers a wider range of delta robots and integrated systems from a single source, bolstering its machine-centric robotics strategy which integrates machine automation and robot control in a single platform.

“With Codian Robotics we are acquiring one of the world’s most successful suppliers of delta robots with an extraordinary track record in the machine-builders’ sector,” comments Hans Wimmer, president of ABB’s Machine Automation division, and managing director of its Austrian subsidiary, B&R. “In the future, we will be able to offer our customers fully integrated solutions – globally and for all industries.”

“Over the years, we have developed an extensive product portfolio,” says Codian’s founder, Freek Hartman. “ABB’s impressive global presence and industry expertise will help us make our portfolio available globally. I am looking forward to working together to write the next chapter of our success story.”

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