Doosan Robotics, the South Korean-based cobot manufacturer founded in 2015, will open its first headquarters in the United States by the end of 2019. Located in Buford, Georgia, the US headquarters will lead sales, marketing, training, and service for customers in the Americas.
Doosan launched its first-generation M Series cobots in 2018. Doosan’s M Series includes the M0609, M1509, M1013, and M0617 cobots that offer reaches between 900-1,700 millimeters (35.4 to 66.9 inches) and payload capacities of 6-15 kg (13.2 to 33.1 pounds). The four M Series cobots are equipped with six torque sensors in every joint.
The M Series launched in the US in April 2019 during Automate. Doosan has reached distribution and support agreements with multiple dealers in the U.S., including RG Group, The Tool House and Ellison Technologies, with plans to further expand its distribution network.
Here’s comparison chart for more details about the M Series cobots:
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“We are excited to announce our commitment in the U.S. market with the expansion of our sales network and establishment of the first U.S. office in Georgia,” said Byungseo Lee, CEO of Doosan Robotics. “Now the largest market worldwide, the U.S. market is expected to grow by 48 percent annually until 20231. We will continue to provide products and services that meet the automation demands in the U.S.” He added, “We have also set our foot in Canada and Mexico with established partnership and will also expand to South America by 2020.”
In late September, the M Series launched in China after Doosan Robotics signed Linkhou, a Suzhou-based distributor that specializes in providing core components and parts to the smart manufacturing and industry automation sector.
According to ABI Research, the cobot market will see sales increase nearly 50% by 2025. Doosan Robotics’ parent company, Doosan Group, is one of the oldest and biggest companies in South Korea, specializing in machinery, plant engineering and component materials. Founded in 1896, Doosan Group has 36 subsidiaries worldwide and generated USD 16 billion in revenues in 2018.
The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) recently released its annual World Robotics Report. For the first time, the report tracked the number of collaborative robots sold worldwide. According to the IFR, less than 14,000 cobots were sold in 2018, accounting for 3.24% of total industrial robot sales. However, the 2018 numbers are an increase of 23% from the 11,000 cobots that were sold in 2017.