Ericsson to open its first automated smart factory in 2020

By Marcus Lawrence
Swedish multinational network and telco firm Ericsson has announced plans to open its first fully-automated smart factory in the US, with operations due...

Swedish multinational network and telco firm Ericsson has announced plans to open its first fully-automated smart factory in the US, with operations due to begin at the facility early next year.

The factory will manufacture Advanced Antenna System radios that will enable boosted network coverage and capacity, benefitting both rural areas and the rollout of 5G in urban environments.

While the exact location of the proposed facility is subject to discussions with state and local authorities, Ericsson said in its 26 June press release that it is nonetheless committed to its early 2020 launch plans.

It added that the factory, though fully-automated, will have an initial staff headcount of around 100 people.

SEE ALSO:

"We continue to focus on working closely with our customers and supporting them in the buildout of 5G globally and in North America,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson, in the press release.

“With today's announcement, we conclude months of preparations and can move into execution also in the U.S. In addition, we are digitalizing our entire global production landscape, including establishing this factory in the U.S. With 5G connectivity we're accelerating Industry 4.0, enabling automated factories for the future."

The company is also fast-tracking the flexible and modular addition of smart manufacturing technologies at its factories in Estonia, China and Brazil.

Share

Featured Articles

Study shows 91% of organisations fear ransomware attacks

Amid an economic downturn, staffing shortages and endless cyberattacks, financially motivated attacks are the top concern among IT professionals

Ransomware defence could keep the lights on for millions

A new algorithm could help prevent ransomware attacks on power companies in the United States which could cause national blackouts affecting millions

Now is the ideal time to drive deep tech disruption

Deep tech may seem like it's years away but now is the time for organisations to be building a deep tech strategy, according to insights by BCG

UK has a technology trust problem among older bank customers

Cloud & Cybersecurity

McLaren Racing & Alteryx Analytics: Data-driven to win

Enterprise IT

Bitcoin’s climate footprint is a step in the wrong direction

Data & Data Analytics