Rockwell Automation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a partnership with robot manufacturer Doosan Robotics and its parent company Doosan Corporation, both Seoul-based entities and members of the summit in Washington, D.C., commemorating the 70th anniversary of the U.S. – South Korea alliance.
The agreement signing ceremony, which was led by South Korea’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Lee Chang-Yang, took place today at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC. Doosan Corporation President & Chief Business Officer Hongsung Moon and Doosan Robotics Chief Executive Officer William Junghoon Ryu are accompanying South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and other officials in the United States for a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden. In addition to marking the historic anniversary, this is the first state visit to the U.S. by a South Korean leader since 2011.
“All of you present here know that this year marks a very special year, as it’s the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Korea,” Minister Lee said through an interpreter at the signing ceremony.
“Our two countries are broadening and deepening bilateral engagement,” Minister Lee added, “to include bilateral partnership in advanced industries and technologies as well.”
The ceremony celebrated 23 MOUs between U.S. and South Korean entities. Rockwell and Doosan agreed to focus on further integrating the companies’ robots and controllers, as well as developing robotic and other technologies for automation facilities, smart factory construction, and other applications for their customers globally. Doosan Robotics will become a long-term robot supplier for Rockwell’s manufacturing operations, while Rockwell will provide automation solutions for Doosan, a holding company offering a wide range of products around the world.
“We are proud to sign this strategic agreement with Doosan during their historic visit to Washington,” said Rockwell’s Ed Moreland, vice president, Government Affairs and External Communications, who welcomed Doosan officials along with Rockwell’s Yong Ha Lee, regional director, Korea. “Rockwell and Doosan look forward to working together to provide cutting-edge products and services that will make our customers around the world even more resilient, agile, and sustainable.”