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Robots to build more robots

Uptown Basel AG is building a facility in Arlesheim in the canton of Basel-Landschaft that will encourage the development of robotic technology. It is part of a centre of competence for Industry 4.0.
Uptown Basel AG is building a facility in Arlesheim.
Uptown Basel AG is building a facility in Arlesheim.

The centre of competence for Industry 4.0 will be built on the Schoren site in Arlesheim in the canton of Basel-Landschaft, reports the TagesWoche. The 35,000-square-metre site was previously used by ABB.

In a first stage of development, Uptown Basel plans to build a facility for robotic technology by 2018. Companies from this advanced technology sector will be able to move into the building, and it is expected to create around 300 jobs.

The commercial, office and production facility will be built on an area of 6,000 square metres. With a height of 24 metres, the high-rise building will have 18,000 square metres of usable floor space. In a production hall on the ground floor, robots will build small robots, such as those used in medical technology.

The building is just the first step in Uptown Basel’s overall plans for the site. Over the next ten years, a total floor area of 60,000 square metres will be built in five construction phases, requiring an investment of around CHF 400 million to CHF 500 million. Around 1,000 jobs are expected to be created by the end of this period.

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