Israel’s leading robotics company, Harris Machine Tools, has said it will build a new factory in the city of Haifa to create robots that can perform “critical, highly specialized work”.
The company is expected to begin operations by the end of the year.
Haifa, the capital of Israel, has been home to the company for nearly two decades.
The new factory is expected, at least partially, to employ 3,000 people.
“We’re very excited about the prospects of a new facility in Haifa,” said Gilad Klein, a director of Harris Machine tools.
“It will create a significant boost in the region’s robotics capabilities and will be a huge asset to the region, which has a large presence in the field of robotics.”
The new facility, which will be based in Ha’asra, is expected not only to produce robotic parts for industrial and consumer markets, but also for security, disaster recovery and other areas.
In recent years, Israel has been building a number of robot factories to cater to growing demand for robotics, especially for defense and defense-related tasks.
The Haifa plant is expected be the first in the country.
Israel is currently the only country in the world where the United Nations has banned the export of any military equipment to any country that it considers to be a violator of human rights.