June 13, 2016      

Italy and Germany may be far from China, but companies in both are welcoming partnerships with Chinese firms for industrial automation.

The market for robotics in heavy industry will continue to grow at 6.19 percent from now through 2020, predicts Research and Markets.

Much of that growth will occur in China, which hopes to improve its "robot density" to maintain its manufacturing dominance. To that end, Chinese companies such as AGIC Capital have sought partners in Europe and elsewhere.

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