ABB takes part in the Swedish Royal visit to Indonesia
2017-06-08 - ABB acquaints The King and Queen of Sweden with its advanced technologies at the Indonesia-Sweden Executive Business Forum
On the invitation of Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden paid an official state visit to Indonesia from May 22 – 24, 2017. Having strong Swedish roots and a long-standing presence in Indonesia, ABB was invited to meet with Their Majesties and the accompanying Swedish delegation, and to participate in the Indonesia-Sweden Executive Business Forum. ABB took the opportunity to present its pioneering technologies and vast experience, while reaffirming its commitment to partner with Indonesia on its growth journey.
The main purpose of the official visit was to promote long-term political, economic and cultural relations between Sweden and Indonesia and specifically to explore current and future business prospects. At the business forum, ABB participated in the discussion ”Realizing the Indonesian Growth Opportunities” and engaged with the royal entourage as well as local business and political leaders.
Indonesia constitutes the world’s 10th largest economy with over 260 million people. Rapid economic development is driving the demand for modern, efficient infrastructure and ambitious programs are underway to add 35GW of power capacity by 2019. ABB’s technological capabilities backed by its strong track record and significant local footprint will continue to play a key role in supporting the country’s impressive growth momentum.
“We are at the cusp of the next industry and energy revolutions where digitalization is opening a world of new possibilities. The productivity and quality of manufacturing operations will be transformed in future factories with the help of robotics, control systems and predictive maintenance solutions. Similarly, energy infrastructure and power grids are getting stronger and smarter. ABB, being at the forefront of these major shifts, can support Indonesia in building and integrating all of these technologies into its infrastructure as it strives towards being a sustainable and resource-efficient economy,” said Mike McNelis, Managing Director of ABB in Indonesia.
During the royal reception, ABB’s collaborative dual-arm industrial robot, YuMi, was specifically programmed to take group selfies with the honorary guests. YuMi drew strong interest from the King and Queen as well as the Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife, Mufidah Kalla. Queen Silvia was particularly interested in the safety aspect of YuMi, wherein if YuMi senses an unexpected impact, such as a collision with a coworker, it can pause its motion within milliseconds. The Queen tried to tap YuMi’s moving arm and it immediately stopped and then restarted as easily as pressing play on a remote control.
ABB has been present in Indonesia for 30 years, but its history traces back to 1920 when it supplied power equipment to the city of Bandung in West Java and Tondano in North Sulawesi. Today, ABB employs over 800 employees and operates from several locations in the country, with manufacturing facilities for low and medium voltage products near Jakarta and global software development center in Bali.