FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German industrial group Siemens said on Thursday it was setting up a robotics research center in China, the world's biggest market for industrial robots.
The Chinese government has said robotics is a strategic priority, part an effort to encourage technology innovation in its industry.
The Siemens research center at Beijing's Tsinghua University would focus on combined mechanics and electronics, human-robot collaboration and the application of artificial intelligence in robotic controllers, the German firm said.
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"Siemens is investing heavily in the future of China and partnering with the country and many customers on its way to digitalization," the Munich-based group's Chief Technology Officer Roland Busch said.
Siemens makes about 14 percent of its sales from its digital factory industrial hardware and software division, one of its fastest-growing businesses. Its other businesses are in energy, transportation and healthcare.
China is one of the group's biggest research and development (R&D) locations, with 20 R&D hubs and more than 4,500 researchers and engineers.
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Edmund Blair)