Agreements support North America plants, new vehicle programs
Zurich, Switzerland. March, 2005 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today it will be the largest supplier of robots for Chrysler Group assembly and stamping plants in North America.
Under a multi-year agreement, ABB will supply robots for spot welding and material handling applications at Chrysler assembly and stamping plants. The agreement was concluded in mid-2004.
Under a separate contract, also awarded in mid-2004, ABB said it will supply new body shop assembly systems for a future Chrysler Group vehicle. The assembly systems contract, incorporates ABB robots which are being provided under the separate, previously mentioned frame agreement.
“We are delighted to play a key role in this new vehicle program and ongoing activities at Chrysler Group,” said Dinesh Paliwal, head of ABB’s Automation Technologies division and president of ABB’s operations in North America. “Our strong position in robotics technology, combined with the expertise of working with leading automakers worldwide, will help us to support Chrysler’s goals for productivity and energy efficiency.”
ABB’s contract with Chrysler Group also includes process design, integration, preparation of the facility, conveyance systems, equipment installation, commissioning and start-up support.
This solution for this new body shop is based on ABB’s FlexiCell systems, a range of modular assembly and manufacturing systems designed for shorter installation lead time and high production reliability. Systems installation is due to be completed this year.
ABB (www.abb.us )is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 103,000 people.
Ann R. Smith