Denmark’s robotics industry is world-leading.
30 maj, 2019
Today, the country’s robotics industry employs 8,500 people and generates EUR 2.4 billion in turnover. In 2025, turnover can grow to EUR 7 billion annually and the number of employees can reach 25,000. The figures come from the first ever analysis of Denmark’s robot and automation industry and its contribution to the country’s economy.
“The Danish robotics industry is a global market leader today in the development and production of robotics technology. If we’re able to maintain our current market position, the industry can generate EUR 7 billion in 2025. That would put the robotics industry on a par with other well-established industries such as food and fashion in terms of turnover. Now it’s about continuing the growth, so we can realise the industry’s potential for the benefit of Denmark,” says Mikkel Christoffersen, spokesperson for the national partnership, Robotics Alliance.
Thousands of jobs in sight
The massive growth and rapid development of Denmark’s robotics industry can be contributed to several factors. Global demand for automatisation is increasing, and Denmark is home to global frontrunners within robotic and automation solutions within the electronics, food, plastic and chemical sectors in particular. Meanwhile, the market is driven by megatrends such as increased digitalisation and UN Sustainable Development Goals, where robots are instrumental in achieving goals concerning responsible, local manufacturing.
“The figures speak for themselves. Around 300 companies generate EUR 2.4 billion in turnover today. This demonstrates that Denmark already has a solid foundation for realising the growth potential that the report shows can be a reality in just six years’ time. The future looks very bright for the robotics industry if it can generate EUR 7 billion in turnover in 2025. This growth would be the envy of most industries,” says Christian Hannibal, director of digital policy in the Confederation of Danish Industry.
Realising the growth potential requires a joint effort
The analysis also shows that Denmark’s robotics industry has a strong global market position, generating exports of more than EUR 1.3 billion annually today – with the potential to reach around EUR 4 billion in 2025. Exports account for almost 60% of the industry’s turnover, a high share that demonstrates its international competitiveness and strong positioning. However, the industry’s competitive edge is challenged, and a focused approach is required if Denmark is to retain its global leadership.
About the analysis
The report is the first analysis of the Danish robot and automation industry and is conducted by Damvad Analytics on behalf of Robotics Alliance. Robotics Alliance is a new national partnership that aims to create optimal framework conditions for the Danish robotic and automation industry as well as create a world-class ecosystem for robotics, drones and automation in Denmark. The national partnership comprises of national organisations – RoboCluster and UAS Denmark – and regional organisations – Odense Robotics and Sønderborg Growth Council. The partnership is also supported by BrainsBusiness from Aalborg and DIRA, with more partners expected to follow.
Source: Robotics Alliance.