Airbus has acquired industrial automation company MTM Robotics for an undisclosed sum.
According to Airbus, the move deepens the company’s commitment to expanding advanced robotics capabilities within its manufacturing processes.
The MTM business will retain its current leadership and 40-person staff, as well as its facility in Mukilteo, Washington, near Seattle in the USA.
The acquisition is the latest chapter in a 10-year-plus relationship between the companies, with multiple MTM light automated robotics systems currently in use at Airbus manufacturing facilities.
While MTM will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Americas, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, it will continue to serve other customers in the aerospace industry.
Since 2003, MTM has deployed more than 40 aerospace manufacturing systems comprised of machines, tools, machine software, enterprise software and support throughout the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The acquisition also marks the latest step for Airbus in its industrialisation roadmap, aimed at leveraging the time- and cost-saving benefits associated with using robotics in the manufacture and assembly of its commercial aircraft.
“The competitiveness of tomorrow will be determined by both designing the best aircraft and by building the most efficient manufacturing system, in parallel,“ said Michael Schoellhorn, Airbus chief operating officer.
“Automation and robotics are central to our industrial strategy. We are very happy to welcome MTM Robotics as a family member and take a step forward on this exciting endeavour together.”