The robot and automation industry in the Netherlands is booming with new companies and solutions coming to the forefront. A new market report from automation marketplace HowToRobot.com analyzing the robot and automation suppliers in the Netherlands shows that the Netherlands is quickly becoming a hub for innovation in the industry.
Next month the 2023 edition of the European Robotics Forum will be hosted in the ‘Robot Capital of the World’, Odense in Denmark. Rocking Robots talked to the chairman of this major robotics event, Christian Schlette of the University of Southern Denmark. ‘Robotics has become a major factor in engineering, where so many different technologies and methods come together.’
Universal Robots, the Danish collaborative robot (cobot) company, has reported Q4 revenue of USD 85 million, bringing 2022 annual revenue to USD 326 million, up 5% on 2021. On a constant currency basis, growth over the year was 12%.
Turnkey robotic solutions, complete with all hardware, software, sensors and interfaces, will be powerful automation drivers in 2023, according to Universal Robots. Gone are the days of manufacturers buying a robot arm only to struggle figuring out how to integrate it in an application cell.
Early-stage robotics startups looking for help can now apply now to the Odense Robotics StartUp Fund, offering funding, mentoring and incubation to ambitious robotics and drone startups from Denmark and abroad.
The vision of Rocking Robots is to report on the interaction between humans and robots. The interviews we published this year show that we as humans are increasingly successful in making robots work for us. However, it remains important to pay attention to pre-eminently human issues such as ethics, acceptance and safety. Where that happens, applications of technology arise that actually help us as humans.
At least 70 cities in Europe can now prevent huge amounts of waste from ending up in the sea. This has been demonstrated in the city of Aarhus in Denmark, where the robot SeaProtectorOne, made by All In On Green, collected over 100,000 pieces of waste from the city’s river in just 20 months. The technology thus shows how much pollution the city is otherwise sending into the marine environment.
Robotics startups can struggle to get the help needed to turn great ideas into successful businesses. That’s why leading investors and companies from Denmark’s robotics industry and prominent commercial foundations have joined forces to establish a fund that will provide robotics and drone startups with the support they need – for generations to come.
Universal Robots, the largest company in a fast-growing Danish robotics hub, has become the cluster’s first organization to reach 1,000 employees – one of only a few Danish companies founded in this millennium to hit this milestone.
Teradyne reported revenue of $827 million for the third quarter of 2022 of which $576 million was in Semiconductor Test, $116 million in System Test, $46 million in Wireless Test and $89 million in Industrial Automation (IA). This last category is the robotics business of Teradyne, and the CEO mentions some challenges for this market in a statement.