|The European Commission, industry and academia have agreed to launch a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Robotics,
to help Europe-based companies take a larger share of the €15.5 billion
annual global robotics market. Representatives from European robotics
manufacturers and research institutes joined European Commission Vice
President Neelie Kroes in signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the
first step towards a PPP launch in 2013. The future PPP is believed to
strengthen the EU robotics sector.
Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Digital Agenda, in her key-note speech to
100 participants at the event in Brussels stated: "A strong robotics
industry is key to Europe's future competitiveness. Growing our robotics
industry means new jobs and a strong European manufacturing sector.
Three millions jobs are created or maintained worldwide as a result of
using one million industrial robots. Europe's robotics industry is
highly successful, accounting for about a quarter of the global
production in industrial robotics and a 50% market share in professional
service robotics. The domestic and professional service robot markets
are expected to grow by 40% in the coming years with the strongest
growth in rescue, security and professional cleaning applications."
She went on to mention the importance of having more young people,
especially young women, pursue careers in engineering, science, and
technology and mentioned that the European Robotics Week provides the perfect tool to achieve this goal.
Henrik Schunk, Managing Partner of Schunk GmbH and EUnited Robotics Chairman, stated: "This is a major step towards a PPP launch marking a true milestone for European Robotics. The close cooperation of the European Commission together with the robotics industry and academia will place Europe in a much stronger economic position to face new challenges and gain new future opportunities."
|In short speeches, Dr. Bernd Liepert (KUKA CTO, EUROP/euRobotics
President), and Prof. Herman Bruyninckx (KU Leuven, EURON
Coordinator/euRobotics Vice President Research) presented their views
focusing on robotics industry and academia respectively. They both
joined commissioner Kroes in signing the Memorandum of Understanding,
which was followed by a short question and answer period.
The event was accompanied by a robot exhibition, which the Commissioner
visited. Ten advanced robotics exhibits were brought to the Concert
Noble and provided the right atmosphere for this milestone event in
On 17 September 2012, one day prior to the MoU signing
event, robotics industry research and academia joined together in
establishing the private side of this public-private partnership by
founding euRobotics aisbl in Brussels. euRobotics aisbl currently has
43 members, 35 of whom became founding members on the 17th.
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