EU doubles investment in robotics

The European Commission has announced a doubling of investments in research on robotics between 2007 and 2010. The announcement was made at AUTOMATICA 2008, one of the fairs the most important industrial area in robotics and automation held in Munich (Germany). This program has a funding of 400 million euros and aims to encourage partnerships between industry and universities in the field of robotics. He also wants to promote innovative ideas and experiences. He wants also to promote innovative ideas and experiences.
Under this program, technology transfer projects between universities and industry will be established, for example, the European research labs to use industrial robots in the context of large scale experiments. The resulting scientific knowledge will be directly transferred to participating companies.
According to Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, the potential of the robotics industry is still untapped. “This area represents significant opportunities for automation industries in Europe (especially robotics), not only in maintaining its leadership, but also to help it climb across the value chain,” she says. About one third of all industrial robots are produced in Europe.Thus, the continent has succeeded in retaining a place in the market for industrial robots for automation. This does not mean that Europe should rest on its laurels.  To strengthen its position, the European Commission is asking the industry to intensify its efforts to produce components in Europe (eg specific equipment) to cope with competition from Asia and avoid strategic dependencies on other parts of the world.with competition from Asia and avoid strategic dependencies on other parts of the world.