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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Mixed load applications in both case packing and palletizing are highly demanding, requiring intelligent planning and execution software to deal with a nearly unlimited range of product combinations. Axium uses ABB robots exclusively with their Cube-IQ Software for project planning, set up and execution.

Axium Inc., based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is well established in the Canadian market, and is investing heavily to build a full North American footprint.

"Our packaging and distribution center customers have been clear that they need mixed load solutions in both case packing and palletizing operations," said Joe Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing, ABB Robotics North America. "Axium's packaging and palletizing systems match the market demand for flexible solutions that meet demands for a shorter supply chain, reduced lot sizes and reduced shipping costs."

"ABB has the most advanced industrial robotic products and systems in the industry and we are excited to expand our relationship with them in North America," said Robert Jodoin, president of Axium Inc. "The combined expertise of ABB Robotics and Axium is uniquely capable to serve to growing market requirements for mixed load packing and palletizing."

About Axium Inc.

Axium Inc. (www.axiumsolutions.com) is a global, robotics engineering solutions provider of robotic systems and services for multiple markets including the industrial, agricultural, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, plastic and consumer goods industries. Founded in 1989, the company designs, builds and delivers full engineered automated robotic manufacturing solutions for integration, process and industrial controls, material handling, assembly, and warehousing systems. Its fully trained staff of mechanical and electrical engineers deliver only the highest quality custom automated solutions to enhance the productivity, control and versatility of its customer's industrial processes. With headquarters in Montreal, Canada and a sales office in Calgary, Axium also operates companies in Croatia and Mexico.

About ABB, Inc.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

About ABB Robotics

ABB Robotics (www.abb.com/robotics) is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong customer focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 175,000 robots worldwide. ###

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