According to figures from Symop, the professional organization of technologies, cobots and other industrial robots are on the rise and grew by more than 9% in 2019. A market development that is supported by the government stimulus plan published in September 2020.
Cobotics at the heart of companies
After a slight increase of 4.8% in 2018, the world of business robotics has doubled its figures in one year. First of all, what is cobotics? Cobotics is a neologism that is a contraction between the term robot and collaboration. Concretely, this refers to all industrial robots whose purpose is to collaborate with man, and not to replace him.
The strong growth in sales in 2019 is primarily due to the development of collaborative robot arms, easy to program and easy to place. Indeed, thanks to these automated arms, the employee avoids carrying heavy loads or being exposed to harmful chemical materials, for example.
After developing automation projects for their businesses, automotive companies were the first to acquire cobotics. In France, 47% of sales are represented by the automotive industry for a massive 87% demand for robotic arms. According to Symop, 2,359 PLCs were installed in 2019.
The robotization of businesses: a project supported by the government
The digitization and modernization of companies are major challenges for the state in order to prepare the future of French companies. During the government recovery plan, presented last September, there was a budget of 40 million euros to promote the robotization of companies. Indeed, the French State is planning the reissue of the “French Fab Loan” which allows SMEs and very small businesses to digitize their production as much as possible.
Unfortunately, there are still many obstacles to this digital transition long awaited by the government. First of all, the main obstacle is the availability of these companies to assess their needs. In addition, the need for qualified personnel and the risk of investing in complex equipment poses a problem for companies already severely weakened by the current economic crisis.
It is to alleviate this problem that the French government has decided to re-issue its aid to support these companies in their transitions despite the current health and economic crisis. For the French State, the robotization of companies has become a fundamental element in order to maintain activity and remain competitive. It is in this context that the government of Jean Castex undertakes, through these provisions, to encourage companies to digitize and to lean towards robotics.