Manufacturing

Peak automation: Taser-building bots boost output by four times

A police officer demonstrates how to use a Taser.
A police officer demonstrates how to use a Taser. Photo: Paul Zinken/picture alliance/Getty Images

Ten years ago, Axon started using robots to assemble cartridges for its flagship product, the Taser. Automation helped the Arizona-based giant bring production back into the U.S. and boosted its output by four times.

The big picture: This is why factory automation is predicted to be worth nearly $370 billion worldwide by 2025, up from $191 billion in 2017. Robots build quickly and cheaply, and they don't make mistakes or get tired.

Nissan blames Brexit for decision not to build SUV in U.K.

A Nissan assembly line in Morocco. Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Nissan confirmed Sunday that a new SUV model that was originally planned to be built in a factory in northern England will instead be built in Japan, blaming uncertainty due to Brexit, per the BBC.

Why it matters: The decision means that hundreds of jobs planned for the Sunderland plant — an area of England that voted heavily to leave the European Union in 2016 — won't come to fruition. And it reflects a wider trend across the business world as corporations seek to move away from areas of global chaos, highlighted by Dyson's recent decision to move its global headquarters from the U.K. to Singapore.

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