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Fanuc opens $110m automation campus in the US

11 July, 2024

The Japanese robotics and automation giant Fanuc has opened a $110m facility in the US which will provide advanced manufacturing and customised automation systems, and includes warehouse space for more than 6,000 quick-delivery robots and tens of thousands of parts. The 650,000ft2 (60,390m2) West Campus facility, in Auburn Hills, Michigan, plus other infrastructure projects now underway, will take the Japanese robot-maker’s investment in North America to more than $250m.

“This major expansion represents our growth strategy in the US and our steadfast commitment to the future of the automation and robotics industry,” says Mike Cicco, president and CEO of Fanuc America. “While manufacturers continue to adapt to changing market demands, our ongoing upward trajectory allows us to better support our customers with cutting-edge robotic and automation solutions, helping to drive more efficiency across all industries.”

Since 2019, Fanuc America has invested more than $187m in North America, including a 461,000ft2 (42,800m2) North Campus facility in 2019, and new headquarters facilities in Mexico and Canada in 2023.

Fanuc’s North America's investment will continue with the renovation of a former law school on its West Campus that will become a customer training centre called the Fanuc Academy.

“Advanced automation requires new skills, and training is key to keeping manufacturing strong in North America,” says Cicco. “The Fanuc Academy will become the largest corporate robotics and industrial automation training facility in the US.”

Fanuc’s $110m West Campus is part of a $250m investment programme in North America

The West Campus, built on a 67-acre (27.1ha) site, increases Fanuc’s footprint in Michigan to more than two million square feet (185,000m2) and is part of a strategic investment plan to support and advance industrial automation in North America. The company has created more than 400 jobs in Michigan since 2019.

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