Ericsson to build fully-automated factory and extend supply chain in in the US
Ericsson's first fully-automated smart factory in the world will be operational in early 2020
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced plans to build its first fully-automated smart factory in the US. The state-of-the-art factory will produce Advanced Antenna System radios to boost network capacity and coverage, including rural coverage, as well as 5G radios for urban areas, both necessary for rapid 5G deployments in North America.
The new smart factory is to integrate into and supplement Ericsson's global supply chain. This builds on Ericsson's previously announced strategic initiative is the U.S. market. Ericsson is also fast-tracking the launch of the next-generation smart manufacturing through a modular and flexible production setup in its existing own factories in Estonia, China and Brazil.
Location will be announced upon concluding discussions with state and local authorities. The company is committed to the factory being operational in early 2020. The smart factory will be powered by Ericsson 5G solutions tailored for the industrial environment and will also advance Ericsson's commitment to sustainability, including registration to pursue LEED Gold Certification.
Ericsson plans automated warehouses, connected logistics and automated assembly, packing and product handling, and the use of autonomous carts.
Ericsson plans to initially employ approximately 100 people at the facility, which will have highly automated operations, as well as a modular and flexible production setup to enable quick ramp up and rollout.
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson, says: "We continue to focus on working closely with our customers and supporting them in the buildout of 5G globally and in North America. 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."