German robotics and automation sector on global growth course after record year
In the past years, robots have considerably contributed to economic growth and prosperity worldwide. "The use of robotics and automation offers outstanding opportunities for stable economic development, high-quality and ergonomic jobs as well as safe and affordable products," Patrick Schwarzkopf, Managing Director of the VDMA trade association Robotics + Automation, said at the annual press conference in Frankfurt on Thursday. "Worries about a future where robots snatch people’s jobs away are unfounded. Humans and robots are a winning combination. Even sensational reports to the contrary cannot blind us to this fact," says Schwarzkopf. The German robotics and automation sector saw a new record in 2014 by achieving a turnover increase of 9 percent to 11.4 billion euros. In the current year a turnover growth of 5 percent is ex-pected.
"Prospects are good that the industry will reach the turnover mark of 12 billion euros by the end of the year," said Hans-Dieter Baumtrog, Chairman of VDMA Robotics + Automation. In the first four months of 2015, order intake exceeded last year's level by 11 percent. Demand came mainly from abroad. In 2014, exports already accounted for 55 percent. The largest export market is China where investments are increasingly being made in automation technology in order to advance into technologically advanced markets in the future.
About VDMA Robotics + Automation:
The VDMA represents over 3,100 mainly small and medium size member com-panies in the engineering industry, making it one of the largest and most impor-tant industrial federations in Europe. VDMA Robotics + Automation forms an own association within the VDMA which unites more than 240 members: com-panies offering components and systems from the areas of robotics, integrated assembly solutions and machine vision. The objective of this industry-driven platform is to support the robotics and automation sector through a wide spectrum of activities and services. Current activities include statistics and market surveys, marketing services, standardization, public relations, trade fair policy, networking events and conferences. Find out more at: www.vdma.com/r+a