Comau began as the Consorzio Macchine Utensili
In 1966, when Soviet officials wanted to build a state-of-the-art factory from the ground up, they turned to a group of Torino-based engineers for answers. These engineers worked through the long list of obstacles—from finding the ideal layout of the factory floor to how the newly designed car would handle the frigid Russian weather. One by one, the engineers met and solved these problems, producing a plant that Henry Ford himself deemed “unprecedented.”Upon their return to Torino, Italy, these engineers and the companies they represented decided to pool their talent and skills to create a new organization that would become recognized around the world as Comau.
Comau expands in the United States
Comau’s history spans the years that witnessed the transformation of car production and the culture of industrial automation that stands behind it. While creating the first FMS (Flexible Manufacturing Systems) and developing technologies for high-speed machining, Comau expands into the United States. It creates CPS (Comau Productivity Systems), for commercial and industrial development within North America. Shortly thereafter, Comau’s competence and innovation captures the attention of General Motors, which invests in Comau and buys 20% of the company. In the second half of the 1980s the massive development of laser technology begins and Comau, working together with Trumpf, creates the first laser robots, which were in high demand at GM.
Comau expands globally
By the 1990s, the industrial sector had spread across the globe. As the world’s largest manufacturing giants continued to hunt for new locations, Comau opened its doors in other European countries, as well as in North and South America, and in Asia. The dawn of the new millennium brought the Lean Production paradigm with it. As always, Comau kept its focus on the leading edge of technology and began developing new solutions in the fields of Aerospace, Commercial and Heavy Vehicles, Railway and Renewable Energies.
Comau Service is established
Comau continues to grow within multiple international markets, expanding its presence in Europe, and opening Comau China, Romania and Russia.Having acquired Renault Automation SA in France, which specialized in engineering, metal cutting, mechanical assembly and final assembly of the body frame, Comau also acquired PICO, a leader in the United States for the production of body frame lines, in the USA, Mexico, Germany and the UK. By early 2000, the newly established Comau Service organization begins supplying manufacturing services for equipment and production processes, as well as asset management, via professional maintenance partnerships.
New product lines
Along with the consolidation of Comau technological solutions and the opening of the Group to non-automotive sectors, Comau launches new business lines—Comau Aerospace, eComau, and Comau Adaptive Solutions—to better respond to market needs. Comau continues to create adaptive solutions based on the concepts of Lean Manufacturing. These solutions increasingly improve operational efficiency within the Aerospace, Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Vehicles, Railways and Renewable Energies sectors.Significant resources are dedicated to transforming environmental responsibility into verifiable energy savings. With the launch of eComau, Comau begins providing tangible solutions to help companies achieve sustainability goals and ensure the highest possible energy efficiency.
The birth of Racer3
Comau’s future-looking vision is embedded in its DNA. Leading the Culture of Automation, the Group constantly seeks opportunities for innovation in current production obstacles. To remain at the forefront of automation, Comau continues to evolve its products and competencies to meet evolving market needs and the newest technological advances. Its new Racer3 robot is a first step toward a new, innovative design strategy.Unwavering reliability and performance within an easily transportable and attractive package, Racer3 is both the fastest in its class and is adaptable to any environment where a compact design, speed, precision and performance are required.
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