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A Helping Hand for Europe: the Competitive Outlook for the EU Robotics Industry

  • Authors: Simon Forge, Colin Blackman
    Editors: Marc Bogdanowicz, Paul Desruelle
  • EUR Number: 24600 EN
  • Publication date: 11/2010

Abstract

This report deals with robotics applications in general, and in two specific areas selected because of potential market and EU capability in these areas: robotics applications in SMEs, and robotics safety. It starts by introducing the state of the art in robotics, their applications, market size, value chains and disruptive potential of emerging robotics technologies. For each of the two specific areas, the report describes the EU landscape, potential market, benefits, difficulties, and how these might be overcome. The last chapter draws together the findings of the study, to consider EU competitiveness in robotics, opportunities and policy implications. The work is based on desk research and targeted interviews with industry experts in Europe and beyond. The results were reviewed by experts and in a dedicated workshop.

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