Like Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh, and the Boston space within the U.S., sure robotics clusters world wide are chargeable for advancing know-how and companies. In 2019, corporations round Odense, Denmark, “considerably strengthened their international footprint,” in keeping with a report that Odense Robotics launched at present.
Robotics corporations within the area elevated their workforce overseas by 25% final yr to 950 workers, nearly double the quantity of two years in the past, stated the Insight Report. In the meantime, corporations elevated their workforce within the Danish cluster by eight% to three,900 folks complete. The Odense robotics cluster includes 133 corporations, 41% of which work on collaborative or cell robots and associated merchandise.
“Many robotic corporations are born international, and Odense’s trade isn’t any exception,” said Mikkel Christoffersen, cluster director at Odense Robotics. “New figures from this yr’s Odense Robotics Perception Report present that the cluster now employs shut to five,000 folks in complete worldwide.”
“Having established robust R&D features of their residence market, this report clearly demonstrates that robotic and automation corporations within the Odense space of Denmark are increasing globally greater than ever earlier than,” he stated.
Robust monetary outcomes for Odense robotics companies
Whereas automotive manufacturing and different markets for automation skilled a possibly temporary slowdown, the Danish robotics cluster’s give attention to internationalization generated positive financial results in 2018, the final yr for which efficiency figures can be found. Regardless of difficult financial situations, many corporations count on continued robust progress, stated Odense Robotics.
Since 2015, 20 startups within the Odense Robotic StartUp Hub have secured greater than €20 million ($22.2 million U.S.) in exterior investments and greater than €6 million ($6.6 million) in mushy cash, stated the group.
In 2018, exports rose by a powerful 26% to achieve €643 million ($715.7 million U.S.) in contrast with the earlier yr. The businesses surveyed stated they count on that export progress to proceed. Greater than 80% of them plan to export sooner or later, a steep rise from at present, when simply over half of Odense robotics corporations export their merchandise.
Turnover elevated by 18% on 2017 to achieve €897 million ($998.5 million) in 2018, discovered the Perception Report. A big majority of robotics corporations count on a greater than 20% enhance in turnover for 2020 to 2022 in contrast with 2018.
“Firms generated spectacular progress in exports and turnover in 2018,” stated Christoffersen. “Whereas at present’s difficult advertising and marketing situations will inevitably have an effect on corporations, new figures in our Perception Report present that many corporations in Odense Robotics count on continued robust progress.”
“Greater than 80% of corporations within the cluster plan to export sooner or later, and the big majority count on to extend turnover by greater than 20% within the subsequent couple of years,” he added. “There’s good cause to be optimistic.”
Intensive community of worldwide companions
For the primary time, figures can be found for worldwide collaboration, they usually present a cluster with an intensive community of worldwide companions, stated Odense Robotics. Nearly half of Odense robotics corporations collaborate with others internationally, together with Universal Robots, OnRobot, and Blue Ocean Robotics. And a couple of in 4 corporations within the cluster collaborates with analysis and academic establishments overseas.
Collaboration can be thriving within the robotics trade throughout Denmark. Greater than 60% of corporations on the island of Funen collaborate with different robotic and automation corporations in the remainder of the nation. It’s time Denmark leveraged these synergies in a robust nationwide setup that accelerates progress in Odense and throughout the nation, stated Christoffersen.
“Our aim is to create a nationwide cluster that accelerates progress amongst robotics corporations in Odense and the remainder of Denmark,” he stated. “We are going to do that by persevering with to strengthen the epicenter in Odense and on the identical time extending progress alternatives to progressive, high-growth, robotics corporations throughout the nation. It’s about leveraging synergies so we are able to construct on Odense’s success and Denmark’s international place of energy.”
Accessible expertise continues to be the best barrier to progress for cluster corporations, stated the report. This yr, 22% of corporations count on to recruit from overseas for positions. This is a rise from final yr, when 15% of corporations recruited from overseas to the Odense robotics cluster.