FANUC Expands Michigan Campus to Meet Demands in Automation
FANUC America expands its operations in Michigan with its soon-to-be-built West Campus designed to house manufacturing, engineering, and R&D projects, increasing FANUC’s floor space to almost 2 million square feet.
The last few years have seen increased supply demand for robotics and automation due to labor shortages and supply chain issues. With this in mind, FANUC America is looking to expand for a second time in the last three years to meet increased global automation needs.
The increase in capacity will consist of a West Campus expansion in Oakland County, Michigan. The new building will increase FANUC’s floor space to almost 2 million square feet and is designed to house manufacturing, engineering, and R&D projects.
A virtual representation of FANUC’s planned campus expansion—the West Campus. Image used courtesy of FANUC
FANUC's Campus Expansion
Within walking distance of FANUC’s headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan, FANUC's 2019 expansion, the North Campus, is a 461,000 square-foot facility built by General Development Company. General Development Company will be in charge of the construction for FANUC's newest addition as well—the West Campus.
FANUC is hoping to continue a trend of growth created with their North Campus that created record-breaking orders and deliveries in a short period of time. The company sees the additional space as paramount for growing engineering, R&D, manufacturing, and warehousing capabilities.
“Interest in robotics and automation remains strong with new demand coming from a variety of industries,” stated Mike Cicco, the president and CEO of FANUC America. “EV, warehousing and logistics as well as food and beverage are all looking to automation to increase production and solve the growing labor shortage.”
The West Campus is planned to be complete by the spring of 2024. Image used courtesy of FANUC
The new building will be located in a historically significant part of Detroit, a place that once held a large car manufacturing industry. The area, known as Auburn Hills, Michigan, has regained its former manufacturing roots and currently houses over 80 international corporations.
The mayor of Auburn hills looks forward to the addition of FANUC to their town: “We are grateful that FANUC has chosen to expand their already impressive footprint in Auburn Hills, an example that our community continues to be regarded as a premier destination for innovation and advanced technologies,” said Kevin McDaniel, Mayor of Auburn Hills, MI.
Construction for the 655,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will begin in the fall of 2022 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.
FANUC's newest expansion aims to meet the growing demands in automation. Image used courtesy of FANUC
Meeting Automation Demand
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater need for automation, and many companies are looking to additional automation in order to remain competitive with labor shortages and supply chain issues. FANUC hopes meet the greater need for automation with its West Campus expansion.
FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan and currently has over 1500 employees in America. The company specializes in both CNC machines and automation products and hopes for continued growth with their latest additions in Michigan.