Matilde Villarroya, General Director of Industry of the Government of Catalonia, who attended the opening, said: “Catalonia has the qualities that foreign companies value to invest in: A dynamic, diversified and internationalized economy with excellent infrastructure and an innovative business environment. The project of UR and MiR is very relevant for the Catalan economy: Industrial robotics is a key factor in the transition to Industry 4.0 and plays a very important role for the society development”.
According to Jürgen von Hollen, President of UR, the election of the 22@ district of Barcelona as the place for the new hub responds to a strategic decision. "We have chosen Barcelona because it gives us access to qualified resources, ability to attract talent from around the world, a vibrant business activity and good infrastructure."
Thomas Visti, CEO of MiR, agrees and continues: “This collaborative robot hub will bring us even closer to the Southern European market and to letting us share the latest technologies. This is a great opportunity for us, as this is a market of high potential, where we see continuously more companies in all types of industries that are interested in optimizing processes with collaborative robots to stay competitive”.
Finally, Jens Kisling, Danish Ambassador for Spain and Andorra, underlined that “the alliance between companies, academic institutions and the public sector developed a high level technological center in Odense, Denmark. UR and MiR are two excellent representatives of that. Now the model has been exported to Barcelona, creating a collaborative robotics center for Southern Europe”.