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German Specialist Blackbird Robotics Establishes Shanghai Site

Laser Welding Solutions See Strong Asian Growth

SCANLAB AG's subsidiary Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH announces the establishment of a sales and service center in Shanghai, China. The company's growth strategy and closer proximity to existing customers and installations were key motivators in creating a Chinese subsidiary. On March 1, 2015, Derek Wang will begin organizing the site as Vice President Sales and Technical Support Asia, Blackbird Robotics Asia.

In recent years, remote laser welding has become an integral production technology for automakers and their suppliers. Application areas include doors, tailgates, seats and countless other components.

Blackbird's innovative system solutions combine leading control technology, a broad platform of 3D scan optics, and innovative seam tracking techniques. These have proven their value in numerous industrial-scale production applications and enable substantially increased productivity for robot-assisted laser welding applications. Blackbird's decision to establish a Chinese presence will benefit local market development, as well as technical support and spare parts supply in China and neighboring Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.

"Many of our customers operate production facilities in China. To provide them with the expected local support and prompt solutions to technical challenges, we've been planning an Asian presence for some time. With Derek Wang on board, we now have the seasoned industry expert we need to start quickly in China," explains Dr. Wolfgang Vogl, CEO of Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH.

Derek Wang has over 15 years of experience with robotic systems for the auto industry and in plant engineering. Most recently, he was responsible for welding systems at Johnson Controls (JCI) – particularly for advanced manufacturing and continuous improvement in arc, spot and laser welding. Prior to JCI, he served as development engineer and project manager at SIASUN, ABB and COMAU. He received his engineering degree from Shenyang Aerospace University in 1999.