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Re-shoring of production amid global tensions favours factory automation: Ukraine and uncertainty surrounding Taiwan provide clear signals of a return to Cold War-style tensions, leading to an increased risk of interruption to global supply chains. As ‘re-shoring’ of production comes into favour so sales of robots and other automation systems is growing. Source: Financial Times (5 March)

A factory straight out of science fiction: A control cabinet factory owned by Rittal in Germany is said to be one of the most advanced in the world for its use of AI and robotics. Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (27 March) 

Belgium ranks 15th globally for installed robots: The Brussels Times reports on Belgium’s world ranking for installed robots, quoting IFR figures. It also notes the importance of the automotive industry and a change in attitude towards greater acceptance of robots among employees. Source: Brussels Times (21 March)