Advanced laser welding expertise and global support to compliment robotic welding and handling solutions provided by respected UK company

ICS Robotics and Automation acquisition strengthens AWL Group’s position in thriving UK market


ICS Robotics and Automation, one of the UK’s leading robotic welding and automation specialists, has been acquired by global robotic automation company AWL Group. The acquisition strengthens AWL’s position in a thriving UK market through a highly respected company offering extensive experience, expertise and smart machine functionality. ICS will continue to operate as an independent entity under its own name but with customers benefitting from advanced joining and laser welding technologies and the global supply network that AWL Group offer.

“The UK robotics market is expected to grow by approximately 10 percent annually over the next 3 years ( and with growing adoption rates of automation and robotics within UK manufacturers our aim is to help them get the most from their investments. We offer best-in-class automation technology that contributes towards greater production efficiency, reduced energy use and consistent high-quality throughput”, explained Brand van ‘t Hof, CEO AWL. “AWL is continuously extending its portfolio and capacity to support the needs of manufacturers all around the globe.  The smart machines and robotic systems designed and built by ICS will enhance our existing range of solutions.”

ICS has been providing advanced robotic welding and automation solutions throughout the UK and Ireland since 1989. The company offers turnkey robotic welding and handling solutions to a broad range of industries including automotive, yellow goods, medical and general manufacturing.

“We are delighted to become part of the successful AWL Group and look forward to collaborating with partners within the group to create robotic solutions offering even greater value to customers,” commented Martin Templeman, Technical and Sales Director at ICS.

“We are continuously striving for machine functionality that will add best value for our customers and this is one of the key areas that made us attractive to AWL.” Continued Martin Templeman. “Whilst the automotive market and its supply chain still account for the largest percentage of robots and is a key segment of our business, the real benefits of automation are often most significantly realised in general industry. Our recently launched modular robot cell addresses the needs of general industry by offering a smart, efficient solution that will deliver added value from day one”

“In addition to our advanced solutions, it is essential to provide the appropriate engineering, support and long-term maintenance capability from local experts.” Continued Brand van ’t Hoff. “ICS offers extensive experience and expertise, with a `customer first’ approach that matches the AWL Group philosophy. AWL and ICS customers will benefit significantly from this collaboration.”