Spanish robotics sector: situation and prospects

Spanish robotics sector: situation and prospects

  • For years, only great corporates have been able to afford cost-reduction Today, cost reduction can also drive modernization and re-industrialization of SMEs, the backbone of the industrial fabric.
  • Service robotics is the key sector where market is expected to see a commercial boom.

 

One of the principles of tech sector, a constant repeated over and over almost like a mantra, is that we are witnessing the birth of the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, and Spain is no exception to it.

We are high up in the ranking of countries with the highest ratio of industrial robots per number of employees. According to the latest survey carried out by IFR (International Federation of Robotics), Spain ranks 11th globally and 4th at European level, only after Germany, Italy and France.

The biggest part of the robot stock is in the automotive industry, followed by metallurgic, plastics, chemical and food.

However, a survey carried out by SEPI Foundation (organization attached to the Spanish Ministry of Finance) showed that only one third of Spanish industry companies used robots during the 2014-2016 period. How’s that possible?

The difference between data provided by IFR and those published by SEPI Foundation lies in the fact that the former looks at units installed in the four main sectors, which are dominated by big corporates, therefore resulting in a high number of robots. Data from the SEPI survey, however, are drawn from the overall number of industry companies, of whom one third are SMEs. It is precisely in this market niche (small and medium companies) where the use of this technologies has great potential.

Democratization of robotics

In this revolution, there are two technologies that stand out above the rest:

  • Cobots, collaborative robots with industrial capacity and designed to work hand in hand with humans.

 

  • Autonomous mobile robotics, also with collaborative skills and several purposes such as: in-factory intralogistics transportation; warehouse management; workers’ assistance and, as shown by latest developments, a combined use with cobots which allows to perform operations in moving manufacturing lines.

However, the real game changer is cost-reduction, which, as far as cobots are concerned, yields acquisition and start-up prices that are much lower than those of their industrial brothers. This can drive re-industrialization and modernization of the backbone of the industrial fabric, leaving behind the years when only big corporates could afford robotics.

Spain stands out as a reference in these technologies.  In the case of cobots, is not the (rather low) number of manufacturers but the sheer number of companies that develop tools to give these robots the skills needed for their exploitation (artificial vision systems, palletizing, wielding, etc.).

The situation is a bit different as far as mobile robotics is concerned, for there is a high number of manufacturers in Spain and some of them are even market leaders.

Beyond the industrial environment, trends in the robotics sector are defined by the upcoming developments in the fields of aerial robotics, logistics, transportation, agro-food industries, security, infrastructure control and retail, as well as social, assistential and health robotics. It is in this new dimension known as service robotics (together with AI, 5G and the resto of the digital technologies) where the market is bound to see a real boom, something much bigger than in industrial environments.

In Spain, it is worth mentioning the great opportunity presented for the agro-food sector, where important developments are starting to take place regarding robotic system implementation.

Logistic robotics, in turn, is defined as the area that will experience the biggest absolute growth in upcoming years.

Project Alpha Startup Summit, the new meeting point for the entrepreneurial ecosystem within GR-EX

Project Alpha Startup Summit, the new meeting point for the entrepreneurial ecosystem within GR-EX

Tech-trade show Global Robot Expo has an important new future which will be launched in its fifth edition. Project Alpha Startup Summit is a new tech-entrepreneurial event designed as a B2B international platform for startups and big corporates in search of tech talent and solutions

This new platform is supported by Madrid City Hall, ICEX (Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism) and RED.es (Spanish Ministry of Industry and Economy) so it will also serve as a platform between startups, corporates and public institutions. Project Alpha’s goal is to generate an international community of open innovation where corporates can hunt for the best talent to face upcoming challenges, finding new technologies and services and increasing their competitiveness.

Project Alpha Startup Summit wants to become an internationally renowned brand and a benchmark event for tech entrepreneurship, and it has been designed as an event with its own identity within its parent fair, Global Robot Expo, something which guarantees the presence of big international corporates.

Startups, corporates and investors that attend PASS20 will work and cooperate to face current and upcoming challenges in the fields of digitalization, IoT, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, robotics and aerospace.

The aim of PASS20 is to become a link between the most promising tech startups and corporates in search of disruptive technologies, and it will have a startup fair where the newest tech companies will showcase their products and services, a pitching competition, round tables that revolve around future and present challenges and networking activities designed to boost growth and foster internationalization of tech startups.

Project Alpha is designed to become an international benchmark event and it will gather tech startups, corporates, public institutions, investors and universities in Madrid on 1-2 April.

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Meet Domenico Raguseo of Exprivia, who will talk about cybersecurity in GR-EX Congress.

Meet Domenico Raguseo of Exprivia, who will talk about cybersecurity in GR-EX Congress

‘Cybersecurity has an intrinsic value’ is the title of Domenico’s conference. He will talk about the importance of Cybersecurity to protect Smart Enviroments.

Domenico is the head of cybersecurity in Exprivia | Italtel and Contract Professor at University of Bari where he is teaching cybersecurity. In the past, Domenico has been in IBM for 30 years covering several roles in development, product management, services and support, sales and sales support.

Great passionate about invention and innovation, Domenico got also the IBM Master Inventor Certification having several patents and patents disclosures released by many patent offices. He has wide experiences in cybersecurity and is an appreciated author and speaker, in national and international events.

Domenico says: the number of interconnected devices, sometime vital (like pacemakers), sometime less (ie camera), surrounding us, is changing the motivation of an attacker and therefore also the way we approaches cybersecurity. In an economy where everything seems to be driven by a return of investment, applying the same paradigm seems to be complicated and useless. We should start to consider to plan investments not to protect the service, but to keep the entire ecosystem alive and this requires a new model, a new approach, more deep collaboration and integration.

We are delighted to have the participation of Domenico in GREX20 and to learn from him!

Dominico Raguseo Exprivia

OnRobot, recently born of three international companies dedicated to collaborative robotics, joins the sponsors of #GREX19

OnRobot, recently born of three international companies dedicated to collaborative robotics, joins the sponsors of #GREX19

From Global Robot Expo we want to welcome OnRobot, a leading company in solutions for collaborative robotics, as sponsor of the event.

OnRobot is a company born global with headquarters in the robotic cluster capital Odense, Denmark. They provide innovative Plug & Produce End-of-Arm Tools that help manufacturers take full advantage of the benefits of collaborative robots: ease of use, cost-effectiveness and safe to use alongside human workers.

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Yaskawa becomes new sponsor of GR-EX 2019

Yaskawa becomes new sponsor of GR-EX 2019

The International event about Industry, Logistics and new technologies welcomes Yaskawa as the new sponsor of the event.

YASKAWA is one of the largest manufactures of industrial robots: it has 400.000 robots installed around the world. In addition to variants based on applications such as welding robots, palletizing, painting and material handling, its wide range includes robots designed for laboratory and cleanroom applications, as well as automated welding systems of the best quality.

YASKAWA Ibérica has facilities of its two divisions of Robotics and Drives, Motion & Control. The Robotics offices are located in Gavà and have more than 1,400 m2 including a Showroom and the YASKAWA Academy, the center where training is given about each product, while the facilities of Drives, Motion & Control are located in Sant Cugat del Vallés, where personalized Drives&Motion training courses are also offered and support and sales are offered throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

Enric Forner, CEO of GR-EX has spoken about the sponsorship:

That a company like YASKAWA decides to bet on GR-EX and therefore on innovation in Spain is a step forward for everyone in the sector and helps us to reinforce the innovative nature of the event, which serves as a focus of attraction for the leaders of the world industry.

GR-EX will be celebrate on 8th and 9th of May on IFEMA, Feria de Valencia. Don’t miss out the news and follow us in Social Media!

Ultimate guide about Industry 40

Ultimate Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Industry 4.0

The author of this article is Anna Kucirkova from IQS Directory.

In the late 19th century, the world was transformed by the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of the steam engine. In total, there have been four major waves of industrial revolutions.

The second was the introduction of electricity and assembly lines in the early twentieth century. The third, in the 1970’s, was computer powered automation that allowed people to program machines and robots to complete tasks.

Today, there is a fourth revolution that is quickly changing the landscape of industries: Industry 4.0.

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GR-EX Industry: the meeting point for industrial innovation

GR-EX Industry: the meeting point for industrial innovation

  • GR-EX Industry will be the meeting point for industrial innovation showing a wide range of technologies and trends for the coming years: automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and solutions for the Industry 4.0.

Global Robot Expo, the B2B international event on innovation, robotics and related technologies is a meeting point and a showcase of innovative technologies for industry professionals. Among the represented sector you can find Service Robotics, Logistics, Artificial Intelligence, Drones and Aerospace technologies.

The goal of the organization is to shift GR-EX into an event of reference in industrial innovation and, as in the last edition, in 2020 different areas of the event will be differentiated, with a special focus on GR-EX Industry and GR-EX Logistics, highlighting the importance of these sectors in the Spanish industry. The fourth edition of GR-EX has exceeded by far the past editions in terms of number of exhibitors, forcing the organization to expand the exhibition space, and moving the event to a bigger Pavilion – 12 in IFEMA – Feria de Madrid.

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GR-EX obtains the prestigious recognition of International Trade Show

GR-EX obtains the prestigious recognition of International Trade Show

  • The recognition of International Trade Show reaffirms the institutional support for the event and both the exhibitors and the visitors can opt for subsidies and financial aids to participate in the event.
  • In just three editions, Global Robot Expo (GR-EX) has become the gathering place for companies from more than 20 countries.

GR-EX will celebrate it’s fourth edition on May 8th and 9th, 2019, creating a meeting point for professionals from technological companies, especially in the Robotics, Industrial, Logistics, Artificial Intelligence, Drones and Aerospace sectors.

Since it’s first edition GR-EX has accumulated 130 million euros in media impact and more than 28,000 visitors. In 2018, the participation of international companies exceeded the 30% andthe event broke the record of nationalities (50) who visited the trade show. As a consequence of this growth, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has recognized GR-EX as one of the most important trade shows in Spain.

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GR-EX Logistics: A unique event for innovation in logistics and intralogistics

GR-EX Logistics: A unique event for innovation in logistics and intralogistics

  • GREX Logistics will take place together with Global Robot Expo the next 8th and 9th May 2019.
  • The great demand that has generated the initiative forces the organization to expand the exhibition space, moving from the Pavilion 1 to the Pavilion 5 of IFEMA, Feria de Madrid

The next May 2019, the first edition of GR-EX Logistics is going to be celebrated together with Global Robot Expo, the international trade show on innovation and technology.

GR-EX Logistics is created as an answer of the sector’s demand and it will be a showcase of innovations in today’s logistics and intralogistics. All the solutions will be present in an event which amplifies its horizonts to offer a professional alternative for the interest of the companies.

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KUKA Robots new sponsor of GR-EX 2019

KUKA Robots new sponsor of GR-EX 2019

  • Global Robot Expo confirms KUKA as sponsor of the 4th edition of the event.
  • With this sponsorship, Global Robot Expo goes one step further and consolidates the event as a unique meeting point for professionals from the industrial sector.

KUKA Robots, global leader on robotics, technology of systems and facilities, supports Global Robot Expo as an event of reference in tech solutions for companies.

KUKA AG is an internationally active company with sales of around 3.5 billion euro. Their international customers come from, among other sectors, the automotive industry and general industry. KUKA offers you everything from a single source: from the individual components to fully automated systems.

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