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Kawasaki establishes new business in Aberdeen to build Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

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A new multi-million-pound subsea venture is coming to Aberdeen. Kawasaki Heavy Industries has today announced the launch of Kawasaki Subsea (UK) Limited, its new subsidiary specialising in the production, sale, and post-sale servicing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).
Kawasaki has been developing an AUV primarily for the purpose of subsea pipeline inspection and maintenance.
(Image via Kawasaki Heavy Industries).

With a focus on the growing demand for pipeline maintenance in offshore oil and gas fields, Kawasaki has been developing an AUV equipped with a robot arm for performing subsea pipeline inspections- the world’s first- based on a fusion of submarine technologies and industrial robot technologies fostered in-house over many years.

The new company is strategically located in Aberdeen, which is the hub city for the North Sea oil and gas industry and home to many other subsea and oilfield service companies. The addition of Kawasaki’s business to Aberdeen’s economy is great news and further contributes to Scotland’s reputation as a global leader in offshore development.
Kawasaki intends to commercially launch its first AUV in 2020.
(Image via Kawasaki Heavy Industries).

Commenting on the launch of Kawasaki’s new subsidiary, Scottish Economy Secretary Mr. Derek Mackay stated:

“I am delighted to welcome Kawasaki Heavy Industries who set up an office in Aberdeen. There have been a number of joint subsea projects between Scotland and Japan, and I am confident that Kawasaki Heavy Industries will play a leading role in this two-nation relationship in the subsea industry”.

Kawasaki plans to launch the first of their AUVs in the 2020 financial year. Prior to that the company intends to increase its market presence and to build a strong business network throughout the city and the wider region.
Eventually Kawasaki hopes its AUV will be used in a wide variety of applications beyond just pipeline inspection and maintenance.
(Image via Kawasaki Heavy Industries).

A statement from Kawasaki set out the subsidiary’s immediate strategy:

‘As further growth is expected in the AUV market, Kawasaki will aggressively pursue business expansion in this sector by developing high-quality, high-performance products, improving the levels of customer satisfaction for its post-sale services, and enhancing customer engagement’.

It is expected that Kawasaki will also launch operations and maintenance services businesses using AUVs in the future, and to apply the AUV to areas other than pipeline inspections.

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Great technology and achievement.
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