The latest figures from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) show how Faurecia is not the only company that sees the potential in automating its internal transportation. 63% of the total service robots for professional use that were sold in 2017 were logistics robots, and IFR expects the sales of logistics robots to increase to about 600,000 units between 2018 and 2021.

“We are pleased to enter into this collaboration and contribute to Faurecia getting their productivity goals by deploying flexible, collaborative and safe mobile robots,” said Thomas Visti, CEO of MiR. “In general, we see a great potential in the automotive industry, which is adopting advances in autonomous technology more rapidly than most other industries.”

“The plant setups of today are agile and highly dynamic, and people, equipment, pallets and other obstacles can appear in what used to be open passageways,” Visti added. “Our mobile robots fit these ever-changing environments particularly well. With the collaborative, autonomous navigation of the robots, the automated material transportation becomes flexible and easily adaptable without additional cost or disruption to processes.”

Mobile Industrial Robots has a global distribution network in more than 40 countries and local offices in New York; San Diego, California; Singapore, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Shanghai, and as a result, is able to support Faurecia globally.

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), maker of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), is now in a global strategic collaboration with automotive technology leader Faurecia to deploy AMRs in manufacturing plants worldwide — and take the company’s automation to a new level.

Faurecia has investigated and tested different solutions for automating its in-house transportation for years to optimize productivity and internal workflows and hereby gain competitive advantages. The company has now partnered with MiR to rethink the internal logistics in Faurecia’s production sites globally and make their logistics processes more efficient via flexible, autonomous mobile robots.

“We have entered into this strategic partnership with MiR because it has the capacity and extensive knowledge to support us in streamlining and optimizing logistics operations,” said Eric Moreau, VP Supply Chain & Digital Enterprise, Faurecia Clean Mobility Business Group. “MiR already has a proven technology, and many of the worlds’ largest multinational companies are using its robots to increase logistics efficiency. We generally have a high level of automation, but material handling has until now been a challenge, and we see a huge potential in automating logistics.”