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Plugin-magazine.si: Slovenia to host the most important event in robotics this year

Publish date: 07.03.2016

From today's €22bn worldwide revenues, robotics industries are set to achieve annual sales of between €50bn and €62bn by 2020. In the field of industrial robotics, which is currently growing at 8% p.a., Europe's share of the world market is about 32%. Ranking among the well-industrialised countries, Slovenia plays an important part in the development of European robotics with its ability to assume the leading role in setting up a network of "innovation hubs" and its domestic expertise attracting foreign investments.The trends in European robotics development and the latest discoveries will be at the focus of this year's discussions attended by over 500 experts at the European Robotics Forum (ERF2016) in Slovenia, which was selected as host due to its committed involvement in the international research area. The event will take place between21 and 23 March at Cankarjev dom. 

Prof. Marko Munih, Head of the Laboratory of Robotics (Robolab) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana says: "Slovenian robotics is currently comparable to global trends, but investments need to be made in its development. Robotisation generates economic growth; without it there would be no progress and no modern devices that have become an integral part of our lives. The application of robots is still largely confined to industry, where they can replace humans in executing heavy, monotonous and dangerous tasks that often take place in inappropriate and unhealthy environment." Since global industrial robot sales are estimated to grow by 15% on average each year until 2018, Munih adds: "In opposition to general belief, robotics creates new jobs. According to the estimates of the International Federation of Robotics, robotisation will create between one and two million new jobs globally between 2017 and 2020, mostly in the fields of electronics, photovoltaics, electric vehicles, production, sales and food industry."