China's national science academy on Wednesday launched its robotics and intelligent manufacturing innovation institute in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said the new institute aims to aggregate robotics research resources to boost the development of intelligent manufacturing.
Yu Haibin, head of the new institute and also director of the Shenyang Institute of Automation affiliated to CAS, said the new institute will focus on the research of new tech related to national security and deep-sea scientific research, as well as forward-looking robotics that can help boost industrial transformation and upgrading.
"We hope to break through the key technologies and create an internationally renowned institute in the field of robotics and intelligent manufacturing in the future," Yu said.
Shenyang has over 40 robotics companies, with 12 of them established in 2017. The city's robot industry output reached 9 billion yuan (1.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2017, up 28.6 percent year on year.
Siasun Robot & Automation Co., Ltd., based in Shenyang, is China's leading robot intelligent manufacturing company, with hundreds of types of robots and automatic products. Founded in 2000, the company became listed in Shenzhen in 2009. The company's 2017 revenue reached 2.5 billion yuan.
China is the world's largest industrial robot market, accounting for one-third of the world's demand, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Industrial robot sales in the country have surged in recent years and hit a record high of 141,000 pieces in 2017. (Xinhua)
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