LINZ, Austria -- One year after acquiring B&R, ABB is set to invest €100 million ($123.48 million) in Austria to build a state-of-the-art innovation and training campus in Eggelsberg, Upper Austria, which home to B&R. It is the largest organic investment in industrial automation in ABB’s more than 130-year history and lays the foundation for around 1,000 new high-tech jobs in Austria.
The new innovation and training campus will develop technologies for the factory of the future, based on ABB Ability, in which production will be undertaken autonomously by smart and cloud-connected machines and robots.
ABB invests $1.4 billion in R&D annually, and has a team of around 30,000 R&D and application engineers. B&R has more than 1,000 employees working in R&D and application development.
The new research and development campus will cover 35,000 m² and be home to a significant number of state-of-the-art facilities. Alongside ultra-modern R&D laboratories, which will develop and test new automation technologies, from industrial control systems up to machine learning and artificial intelligence, there will be an Automation Academy to train and educate customers, partners and employees in these technologies.
The ground-breaking ceremony is planned for this summer, and the new campus is expected to be up and running by 2020. Once complete, the Eggelsberg site will be one of ABB’s largest research and development centers.
In July 2017, ABB acquired B&R, then the largest independent provider of product- and software-based open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide.
B&R is now integrated into ABB’s Industrial Automation division as its global Machine & Factory Automation business unit.