Based in Londonderry and part of the Bloc Group, FAST (Factory Automation & Systems Technologies) provides advanced manufacturing solutions to a wide range of industries including electronics, life sciences, aerospace, chemical processing, etc
One of the few companies to be recognized at the Silver Partner level, the partnership will provide the backbone of a fully integrated service offering, resulting in an enhanced level of technical expertise and specialist skills.
FAST Technologies’ international presence and vertical integration skills combined with KUKA’s wide range of mobile, industrial and collaborative robots will broaden the capability for a multitude of tasks, from product transport to heavy lifting and manufacturing assembly and clean room operations.
Colin Spence, Director of FAST Technologies, said, “This partnership will provide our customers with a wide range of advanced robotic solutions and expert advice for their automation projects. Using FAST Technologies’ advanced manufacturing expertise and vertically integrated engineering capabilities, combined with the support of KUKA Ireland’s technical specialists, we will collectively provide all the necessary capabilities for construction, programming, installation, training and ongoing customer support for systems.
This partnership provides new advanced manufacturing opportunities in the Londonderry area, with additional sales and service sites in continental Europe and most recently in Connecticut, USA.
Brian Cooney, Managing Director, KUKA Ireland, justifying the partnership, explained: “We are delighted to recognize the talent, specialties and skills inherent in FAST by awarding the company our Silver System Partner status. Their innovative approach to vertical integration perfectly complements those of KUKA Ireland and positions the company to expand its capabilities across a full range of tasks. We are convinced that this will generate new business opportunities for FAST in the years to come. KUKA Ireland prides itself on providing advanced manufacturing solutions, and industry partnerships like this are critical to our success. »
The partnership follows a very productive period for FAST which partnered with Magherafelt-based Bloc Group in October 2021.
Colin added: “It has been a busy year for FAST and we look forward to working with KUKA Ireland to bring this partnership to life in a meaningful way. We believe this will help us develop an even wider range of automated solutions and capabilities, and joint successes with our current and future customers. »