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Global spot welding robot market


March 2018

Technavio’s latest market research report on the global spot welding robot market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2018-2022. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

According to Technavio analysts, the global spot welding robot market will grow at a CAGR of close to 8% during the forecast period. The high operational efficiency of spot welding robots is a major factor driving the market’s growth.

“Spot welding robots provide high operational efficiency when compared with CNC machines and manual handling operations. Spot welding robots increase repeatability and reliability, ensure safety and enable optimum utilisation of space as well as reduce material loss,” said the analyst.

In the report, Technavio highlights the increasing adoption of multi-robot cells as one of the key emerging trends driving the global spot welding robot market.

“Multi-robot cells are gaining traction among industry players due to the increasing focus on lean manufacturing. In multi-robot cells, multiple robots are placed to accomplish a task which is controlled by a single controller and can also add a robotic arm in the workcell to improve productivity. A single point of control while running multiple robots helps to prevent collisions, simplifying the programming structure and reducing integration cost,” explained the analyst.

According to Technavio, the automotive industry segment held the largest market share in 2017, accounting for nearly 39% of the market. The market share for this end-user segment is expected to increase by 2022. The fastest growing end-user is the electronics and semiconductor industry, which will account for 28% of the total market share by 2022.

“APAC was the leading region for the global spot welding robots market in 2017, accounting for a market share of 62%, followed by EMEA and the Americas. By 2022, APAC is expected to witness a growth of nearly 2% in market share. APAC will continue to be the leading region for the global spot welding robots market during the forecast period,” concluded the analyst.


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Porsche doubles electromobility investment


March 2018

Porsche has been putting together an unprecedented future development plan. By 2022, the sports car manufacturer will invest more than six billion euros in electromobility, focusing on both plug-in hybrids and purely electric vehicles. The decision was made by the Porsche AG Supervisory Board at its most recent meeting.

“We are doubling our expenditure on electromobility from around three billion euros to more than six billion euros,” explained Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Alongside development of our models with combustion engines, we are setting an important course for the future with this decision.”

The plans have been bolstered significantly to include around three billion euros of investment in material assets, and slightly more than three billion euros in development costs. From the additional sum of three billion euros, some 500 million euros will be used for the development of Mission E variants and derivatives, around one billion euros for electrification and hybridisation of the existing product range, several hundred million euros for the expansion of sites, plus around 700 million euros in new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.

In Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area are currently being built. The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drives and the body shop will also be developed. Investment is also planned for the Weissach Development Centre. The Mission E project has created approximately 1200 new jobs.

The purely electric Mission E sports car has a system power of 600hp so will require significantly less than 3.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100km/h; it will also be able to accelerate and brake repeatedly without any loss of performance, and it will offer a range of 500 kilometres in the NEDC. The charging time, said Porsche, will be very short. With its 800V system voltage, it will take 15 minutes for 400 kilometres.

Porsche, along with Audi, is representing the Volkswagen Group in Ionity, a joint venture with the BMW Group, Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company. The goal of this venture is to construct and operate 400 powerful rapid charging stations along major European traffic routes by 2020. Construction began back in 2017. To complement the work of Ionity, the Porsche dealer network is becoming part of a nationwide rapid charging infrastructure.

The release of the new Panamera sees the third generation of the Porsche plug-in hybrid drive on the road in two different variants. Both variants offer a purely electric range of up to 50 kilometres. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the flagship model in the model line with a four-litre V8 engine and an electric motor generating a system power of 680hp.


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