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IGM’s welding robots are in global demand


Business is in full swing, with igm set to manufacture twice as many industrial robots this year as in 2015.

IGM is the only Austrian manufacturer to specialise in robots developed for arc welding in heavy mechanical engineering applications. IGM welding robots are used in fields such as mechanical digger and wheel-bearing production, locomotive and rolling stock construction and boiler manufacture, not to mention for welding tower cranes, mobile cranes and forklift trucks, along with applications in bridge construction and shipbuilding.

Martin Merstallinger, the CEO of IGM Robotersysteme, has announced that 2016 will be a record-breaking year: 250 welding robots are set to be manufactured this year, more than twice the number for 2015. To cope with this increasing demand, IGM is currently investing some EUR 2 million in expanding its plant in Györ (Hungary).

The company’s export ratio is 90%, with up to 70% of the welding robots going to Europe; the main markets are Germany, Austria and France. China is IGM’s largest individual market beyond Europe and interest is also picking up in India again.

Demand for more complex systems (such as pick-and-place robotics systems with faster welding speeds) is generally increasing year on year, although global industry penetration is still low for robots – which explains the Austrians’ considerable commercial potential.

IGM has a total of 5 manufacturing facilities in Austria, Germany, Hungary, the USA and China, complemented by 25 marketing offices in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.