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Editor’s brief: Are cobots (collaborative robots) our new co-workers or even best companions? How would cobots help manufacturing in Asia leap pass safety and COVID-19 challenges? How do SMEs make money with cobots? How do we design “future-friendly” workplaces? Find your answers from luminaries such as Mr Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots, Dr Che Fai Yeong, robots visionary and inventor and winner of more than 50 awards, and Mr James McKEW, Regional Director, APAC, Universal Robots, at “Meet the Cobot Leaders”, the FIRST Asia Pacific online interactive keynote by Universal Robots, to be held on 6 October 2020, from 1 pm to 1:45 pm (GMT+8). Read more below.

SINGAPORE – This announcement comes from Universal Robotics, the industry leader in cobots, who will be hosting the first and largest collaborative robots virtual expo, “WeAreCOBOTS APAC,” from October 6-8, 2020, 10 am to 6:30 pm daily (GMT+8).

Singaporean practitioners and factory owners can now connect with automation industry pioneers and cobot specialists from across the world at the online “WeAreCOBOTS APAC” expo. Over the course of three days, attendees will be able to see live demonstrations of cobots by exhibitors, hear insightful keynotes from manufacturing industry leaders on how to overcome challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, and get practical answers to questions about cobot applications in live Q&A sessions.

Learn from the Best from the Comfort of Anywhere

Business owners, leaders, and practitioners who are interested in using cobots for their operations, can conveniently learn more about cobots by attending numerous keynotes online with live Q&As, and participating in ongoing discussions during, and after the event.

Luminaries from Asia-Pacific speaking in this event include Dr Yeong Che Fai, director of DF Automation & Robotics, associate professor in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, robotics visionary and inventor, and a winner of more than 50 national and international awards and Mr Amar Burud, senior manager in industrial engineering of Continental Corporation in India.

Topics presented by various experts include:

  • Future-Proofing Assembly Processes With Human Robot Collaboration
  • Joining the Fast Lane: Using Cobots to Achieve Automotive Manufacturing Excellence
  • Continential’s Journey: Enabling Zero Downtime
  • Optimising your collaborative robot deployment

For more details of the agenda, please visit

The expo programme also features presentations and ‘live’ demonstrations on cobot maintenance and programming, and many new ways cobots are quickly being deployed to address the COVID-19 crisis, including area disinfection and the manufacturing of test kits. Participants can learn how cobots address challenges in productivity, quality, machine usage, and safe distancing from small businesses to large production facilities. The virtual expo also allows participants to download digital brochures.

Universal Robots, along with exhibitors including Alstrut, CKD, OnRobot, Piab, Robotiq, SCHUNK, SICK, SMC Corporation, Zimmer Group, will be showcasing cobot applications such as assembly, finishing, materials handling, machine tending, quality inspection and more.

During this event, participants will also learn about the largest and most comprehensive cobot ecosystem with over 250 components and application kits from more than 400 approved commercial developer companies in the Universal Robots Plus (UR+) programme.

Smart Manufacturing Answers for Small & Medium Businesses (SMB) in Asia-Pacific

This virtual expo is especially geared for SMBs, providing actionable insights with minimum expenditure in light of COVID-19. There is no need for travel, accommodation and other ancillary costs, and SMB owners and leaders can harness all the insights and answers from the comfort of anywhere.

Cobots can be easily and safely added into existing factory layouts and production workflows, with very short testing and set up time, to reduce human interaction especially in resource and employee-strapped SMBs. Already, Asia-Pacific SMBs and larger enterprises alike have turned to cobots to handle repetitive, dull, dangerous, dirty and difficult tasks successfully.

Shruti Engineers, a 10 person manufacturing company in India, achieved 75% production increases after installing a cobot. TCI, a 100-person plastic injection molding company in New Zealand, was able to achieve cost savings and achieved return of investment six months after introducing a cobot in the production process. Successful Asia-Pacific cobot adopters include: Beijing Bai Lear Automotive System in ChinaBenchmark Electronics in Thailand, BTC Mold in Taiwan, Clearpack Group in SingaporeGKN Driveline in Japan, Hyundae Induction Hardening Heat Treatment in Korea, New Engineering Works in India, Nippon Zettoc in Japan , PT JVC Electronics in Indonesia, Tsung Shih in Taiwan, VMIC in Vietnam and many more. For more such successes, please visit

“Manufacturers are faced with a multitude of challenges today, ranging from production efficiency, aging population, health and safety concerns, to keeping up with the Industry 4.0 revolution. The COVID-19 crisis has pushed the region into a hyperdrive of technological adoption. Business owners in Asia-Pacific are exploring reshoring options to prevent business disruptions due to supply chain disruptions, as well as designing flexible and adaptable automation solutions for rapid changes in demand. Cobots are viable solutions in both situations. We hope this expo can immediately support more manufacturers assess new solutions which are cost-efficient, easy to implement, and improve profitability quickly.” says James McKew, Regional Director Asia-Pacific, Universal Robots.