Changsha poised to be hub of robotics
Industry Alliance for Collaborative Robotics Application officially set up in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, on Nov 24.
The alliance was co-initiated by Tsinghua University State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems, Hunan Ruisenke Robotics Technology and Changsha Yuhua Economic Development Zone.
With the aim of expanding the potential application prospects of collaborative robotics amid the nation's "Made in China 2025" action plan, the Hunan-based alliance will commit to promoting the application of collaborative robotics, which boast advantages of safety, intelligence and flexibility, in the industrial intelligent manufacturing sector.
The same day, Changsha's top leaders including Party Chief Yi Lianhong and Mayor Hu Henghua, met with Rodney Brooks, co-founder, chairman and chief technical officer of Rethink Robotics, a Boston-based company specialized in collaborative robotics.
Rodney Brooks, co-founder and chairman and chief technical officer of Rethink Robotics, seeks business cooperation in robotics industry in Changsha, Nov 24. [Photo by Zhou Baiping / Changsha Evening News]
With the implementation of "Made in China 2025", it is expected that China will grow as the world's largest market for industrial robots. The US robotics developer intends to enter the Chinese market by launching its China head office, R&D center and first plant in Changsha.
Yi Lianhong said during the meeting that it's an insightful choice of Rethink Robotics to make Changsha its priority in China, as the city has laid solid foundation for the robotics industry. And it will provide powerful support for the company's further development in the country, he added.
Brooks expressed his faith in Changsha as a good cooperative partner. The Australian roboticist said that, as a significant breakthrough of intelligent society, the robotics industry is changing people's production and living patterns as well as affecting the global technological innovation and industrial patterns.
Changsha to foster industrial robots
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Shahnawaz Akhtar
Source: Changsha Evening News