Date
7 December 2016
Guangdong Jaten named its latest robot “Bumblebee.” It's part of efforts to develop a world-class robotics industry in China. Photo: Guangdong Jaten.
Guangdong Jaten named its latest robot “Bumblebee.” It's part of efforts to develop a world-class robotics industry in China. Photo: Guangdong Jaten.

China making small but solid steps to robotics prowess

Guangdong Jaten’s robots don’t dance, wrestle or somersault.

They also don’t look like anything from the future.

A typical model has no head, no arms and no legs but it is practical.

It helps factories move heavy stuff — materials, parts or goods – from one place to another.

The company started to develop its so-called automated guided vehicles (AGV) in 2005 and launched its first robot three years later.

It’s now one of the biggest in Foshan city in Guangdong province and it’s vying for a spot in China’s burgeoning robotics industry.

Jaten’s AGV can be programmed to pick up its load at a specific spot and unload them at a predetermined destination.

At the moment, the company’s major customers are from the auto, appliance and electronics industries.

Foshan Kingpeng Robot Technology is another prominent maker in the region.

It specializes in welding and paint-spraying robots.

To free China from the constraint of rising labor costs and help achieve the country’s goal of upgrading its manufacturing sector, building its own robotics prowess is a must.

Although China still lags top global makers in robotics technology, it’s making small but solid steps to close the gap.

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