To strengthen the ability to serve the growing robotic mower market, Husqvarna Group announced September 8 that it will increase the capacity for its Newton Aycliffe factory in England. At the same time, Husqvarna Group will expand and build up capacity at its existing site in Vrbno, Czech Republic.
Husqvarna Group is a pioneer in robotic grass-cutting technology and, through the success of its range of products, has a leadership position in robotics, which so far has been built around the European market.
“We expect the overall robotics market to continue to be a fast-growing segment in the coming years,” said Kai Wärn, president and CEO for the Husqvarna Group. “Our aim is to maintain our leadership position by providing the most reliable and efficient products, giving the end users a great result – where the robotic lawn mower does all the work. Beyond the current success with Husqvarna and Gardena, we plan to introduce robotic mowers also for the McCulloch brand for the 2017 season.”
Additional investments are planned for the Newton Aycliffe factory in order to increase robotic manufacturing capacity. In parallel, Husqvarna Group will expand and build manufacturing capability and capacity of robotics at the existing Husqvarna Group site in Vrbno to be a complement for the 2018 season.
“Due to the strategic importance of this product, we see the need to manufacture robotic mowers in more than one site to meet the growing market and limit the risk with only one factory,” Wärn added. “In order to leverage the many years of knowledge and experience, the Newton Aycliffe factory will take on a lead manufacturing engineering role for robotics in the Group.”