ABB’s Acquisition of AB Rotech to Expand Automotive Welding Solutions

By Ralph Rio

Acquisition or Partnership

ABB is to acquire AB Rotech, a privately-owned company headquartered in Bursa, Turkey, with nearly 20 years of extensive experience in robotic welding solutions and services for the automotive industry.

The expertise of AB Rotech’s engineering team covers the entire robotics welding lifecycle, from design and commissioning to electrical engineering and customer service.  The parties agreed to not disclose the value of the acquisition.  The acquisition is subject to regulatory clearance and is expected to close later this year.

The acquisition will boost ABB’s robotic welding solutions offering and capability for all tiers in this growing automotive segment.  According to the International Federation of Robotics, the automotive segment remains the world’s largest robotics market with a record 21 percent growth in 2017. Turkey’s production of cars and commercial vehicles is anticipated to grow faster than its Gross Domestic Product due to the country’s increasing export business focus.

AB Rotech has been an ABB system integrator under ABB’s Authorized Value Provider program and has grown its business to become a well-established national robot integrator in the automotive sector.

Located close to one of the largest Turkish automotive hubs, AB Rotech brings leading solutions competence and resources in robot welding, including arc-, spot-, and laser welding and, in addition, machining and tooling capabilities.  At closing, AB Rotech will become part of the Robotics business of ABB’s Robotics and Motion division and a new regional application center focusing on welding solutions for the automotive industry in Turkey and South Eastern Europe.

Together with ABB’s already established European automotive regional application centers for robotic welding solutions in Gothenburg, Sweden and Prague, Czech Republic, AB Rotech will help provide enhanced coverage across the entire European region.




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