Airbus has acquired MTM Robotics, a US-based company that makes automated machines and tools for the aerospace industry.
Airbus, which already uses MTM equipment on its commercial airplane production lines, said on 12 December that owning the small firm will help it expand the use of automation in its factories to make them more efficient.
“We are pleased and excited to become a part of the Airbus family and look forward to further integrating our products and approaches into the Airbus industrialisation chain," said Mike Woogerd, who founded MTM in 2003.
According to Airbus, MTM will keep its current leadership and 40-person staff and its facility in Mukilteo, Washington, near Seattle.
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