Robotic hub for innovation opens in Yorkshire, UK

The world’s largest robotic company says it will leverage the region’s industrial heritage

Sheffield is now home to Universal Robots’ UK hub. The world’s largest collaborative robot company will undoubtedly provide an economic boost to British manufacturing.

According to Universal Robots, the new robotic hub will help UK manufacturers unlock the benefits of collaborative robotics and automation.

These factors could lead towards Industry 5.0. New offices and a showroom displaying the latest cobots (collaborative robots) are an exciting addition to Sheffield’s industrial history. 

Robotics and autonomous systems could deliver a £6.4 billion boost to the UK economy by 2035. Universal Robots will host training sessions with regional manufacturers at the robotic hub so they can get the most out of the new technology.

Mark Gray, UK & Ireland Manager, commented: “Yorkshire has long been recognized for the pioneering role it played in the industrial revolution which made it the perfect location for our first UK hub.

“We’re excited to work even more closely with the AMRC, as well as the university R&D departments of Sheffield, York and Leeds.

“In the face of a growing manufacturing talent shortage in the UK, we hope that greater automation will be more attractive for both future and lapsed workers.

“We are helping to solidify the UK’s role in driving forward Industry 5.0, while also recognizing the UK government’s Levelling Up strategy.

“This hub is open at a crucial time for the UK. We believe that increasing output in manufacturing, via robotics and automation, is key for boosting UK productivity. Something that is sorely needed in today’s economic climate.”