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SoftBank-backed Chinese robot maker to build plant in Toyota's backyard

JAKA Robotics seeks Japanese production know-how for edge in home market

A robot arm produced by JAKA Robotics. Collaborative robots are equipped with safety sensors to work next to humans on assembly lines. (Photo by Noriyuki Doi)

SHANGHAI -- With manufacturers demanding robots that can work alongside people, China's JAKA Robotics will build a new factory in the Japanese automotive industry hub of Nagoya as it seeks to gain a technological edge in its home market.

"We have been making preparations through a consulting company, and will soon start construction," founder and CEO Young Li told Nikkei. The Shanghai-based startup will open an office in Japan ahead of the plant.

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