FANUC, a major Japanese provider of automation products, has officially kicked off the construction of its Chongqing base in southwestern China, Xinhua news agency reported.

The company plans to invest 100 million yuan (US$14.56 million) to build the FANUC Robotics Chongqing Technology Center, which is mainly engaged in the production, sales and technical services of robot systems. It is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.

So far, among the four global leading robotics firms that are known as the “Four Big Family,” three of them including Swiss ABB, German KUKA and Japanese FANUC have settled in the Liangjiang New Area in the city.

The “Four Big Family” have accounted for about half of the global market share. They also account for more than 90% of the market in the field of multi-joint robots, with more than six axis.

Japan’s Kawasaki robot, which ranks fifth in market share, has also settled in Liangjiang New Area, along with domestic robot companies such as Huazhong CNC, Haipuluo, and Jiateng.