AWL is in constant contact with customers and market parties, thus enabling us to identify opportunities to support your company. In this respect, we focus on innovation in product automation, joining technologies and productivity improvement. For instance, we participate in MechDes Engineering to facilitate innovation. MechDes is the company in our group which drives innovation in mechanical engineering. They are specialists in the mechanical design of high-quality, knowledge-intensive production lines with a focus on production automation. In 2017, AWL bought ICS Robotics and Automation Ltd. ICS is a specialist in robotic welding and automation in the United Kingdom and Ireland. ICS has been active in robot welding and automation since 1989. We also work with regular suppliers and, together with various schools, platforms and institutes, we put technology on the Dutch map.
AWL invests in education and wants to be a top employer for the experts of the future all over the world. We contribute to the development of the Fieldlab Industrial Robotics for education programs in robotics. We participate in Perron038, an innovation hub focused on research and education in the Netherlands, and we work with various knowledge organizations and knowledge institutes. With these initiatives, and our focus on trainees and career development, we want to take talent by the hand and help them take important steps in their career.