Universal Robots Reaches 1,000 Employees

Common Robots Reaches 1,000 Workers

Since its first collaborative robotic (cobot) was launched in 2008, Common Robots has grown to be a world market chief in cobots with workplaces in additional than 20 nations worldwide. The corporate’s success is mirrored within the progress of a complete robotics cluster, that means Denmark is now dwelling to greater than 400 robotics corporations, making the Danish metropolis of Odense one of many main robotics hubs on the planet.

Kim Povlsen, President of Common Robots, feedback: “That is an historic milestone for us, and we’re pleased with how we now have developed from being a neighborhood startup within the basement underneath the college to changing into a world cobot pioneer and market chief. Above all, it reveals that we now have a improbable product and that many corporations around the globe can see the advantages of utilizing our robots to develop their enterprise.”

A 17-year journey

Common Robots began in 2005, when three younger researchers – Esben Østergaard, Kasper Støy, and Kristian Kassow – from the College of Southern Denmark have been pissed off by how the robots of the time have been heavy, costly and complex to make use of. This gave them the thought to create a robotic that’s versatile, protected to work with, and simpler to put in and program.

Since then, Common Robots has developed a variety of cobot merchandise, most not too long ago including the brand new UR20 to its portfolio, promoting greater than 50,000 cobots worldwide.

As Common Robots has thrived, so too has the Danish robotics scene, centered round Odense, a metropolis of 200,000 individuals. The variety of individuals employed by Danish robotics corporations is forecast to succeed in 23,000 by 2025, whereas complete revenues from the business are already greater than €2.8 billion.

In the course of the previous yr, Common Robots has employed greater than 200 workers to make sure the corporate is able to understand the large progress potential that lies forward.

“From the surface there’s, fairly naturally, lots of deal with the product and the know-how,” says Povlsen. “However the tech doesn’t simply come up by itself. It is about having the suitable individuals on board, and at UR we now have some exceptionally expert and progressive workers who’re capable of consistently push the boundaries of what might be automated and the way simply it may be performed. If individuals 10 years in the past might have seen what cobots can do as we speak, they’d have been amazed. Trying ahead, the identical must be the case in one other 10 years’ time. Making it simpler to unravel ever extra advanced automation duties is a really motivating purpose.”

The UR President predicts an rising want for automation within the coming years, pushed by a number of various things: a want to guard workers from harmful and monotonous duties; reshoring, the place corporations transfer manufacturing nearer to dwelling in response to an unsure world; and above all, a scarcity of labor which is able to solely worsen within the coming years:

“Now we have a brand new era of cobots on the way in which, with the UR20 being the primary mannequin, and our personal figures present that we now have solely reached roughly two per cent of all potential prospects worldwide. So the potential is gigantic and whereas we rejoice the journey we have been on as we speak, our eyes are firmly set on the longer term.”


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