|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."
|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.||
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.