Industry group VDMA says that demand is going through the roof in Germany’s robotics and automation sector.
Intake climbed by 38% over the previous year in the first four months of 2022. With the results for 2021, where industry turnover increased by 13% – more than anticipated it was already clear that the market was developing dynamically.
The robotics and automation markets are flourishing, according to Frank Konrad, chairman of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association.
“Suppliers won’t be able to fill the orders as swiftly as normal, though.” The current difficulty is managing supply chain constraints.
The industry prediction for robotics and automation is also optimistic for 2022, with an anticipated rise of 6%, although it is still below previous forecasts due to the severely interrupted supply chains. Delivery timeframes are being prolonged, in particular, due to a lack of electrical and electronic components.
In 2021, the three segments took various forms. Sales in the machine vision sector increased by 16% to €3.1 billion. Sales of robotics increased by 13% to €3.5 billion.
Sales for integrated assembly solutions increased by 11% to €7.1 billion. Sales of robots and automation increased overall by 13% to €13.6 billion, exceeding expectations.
Sales of integrated assembly solutions are expected to climb by 7% to €7.6 billion in 2022, according to VDMA Robotics + Automation. To reach €3.6 billion, robots are predicted to rise by 5%. Additionally, sales of €3.2 billion for machine vision are projected to increase by 5%.
“The entire robotics and automation prediction is plus 6%, with an anticipated industry revenue of €14.4 billion,” says Frank Konrad. So, it’s almost certain that robotics and automation will reach the strong pre-crisis level of €14.7 billion in 2022.
The 350 enterprises and 50,000 employees of the VDMA R+A members claim that they have “critical tasks” to complete that are vital for the future.
According to experts, the rising use of robotics and automation is essential for accomplishing goals for climate and environmental protection as well as for sustainable business.
In a recent trend survey by Automatica (Messe München), 88 percent of industry decision-makers said that robots make sure that high-tech products meet quality standards.
The circular economy and renewable energy are also advancing thanks to industry solutions. Using automation technologies, for example, a lot of photovoltaic modules can be made quickly and well in Europe.
Because electric cars need fuel cells or batteries that can hold a lot of power, new market opportunities are opening up.
The future of work
About 80% of the experts who make decisions about robotics and automation in German industrial companies also think that progress in technology would be good for jobs.
Collaboration between humans and robots and the use of assistance systems will lead to higher-quality work opportunities as well as new possibilities for lifelong learning and training.
Here, a new generation of automation technology that is completely unprogrammable and easy to use is expected to take the lead. 52% of decision-makers say that in the future, better-qualified workers will likely get paid more.
Digitalization, mobile robotics, and intralogistics
Modern automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which are seamlessly integrated equipment, are transforming factories. When combined with cutting-edge software solutions, they fill in the last gaps and make fully integrated systems in the Smart Factory.
Concerning lack of skills
Due to the “baby boomer” generation’s impending retirement from the workforce, robotics and automation enterprises are experiencing a manpower and skills deficit that is growing. This is turning into a risk issue more and more given the significant tasks that lie ahead.
According to Konrad, robotics and automation alone can not address the labor crisis. Businesses are making every effort to address the lack of youthful talent.
But the government needs to do more because, with the current problems in the supply chain, the lack of staff in Germany, in particular, could become a major bottleneck.