The Robot cluster in Funen (Fyn) is centered around Odense and not least the company Universal Robots, but the cluster accounts for 79 other companies and the growing network of subcontractors is even greater, reaching all over Fyn.
That’s what shows a survey conducted by Odense Robotics since August with suppliers to the robot cluster.
More than 115 companies across all municipalities in Funen provide everything from welding, casting, sheet metal working according to the survey, and as business developer Søren Aarhus from Odense Robotics complements. He has conducted interviews with 35 of the most central robotics and automation companies in the cluster.
The result is 115 names of companies ranging from small owner-managed businesses to large enterprises with far more employees from Skårup to Vissenbjerg, Ringe and Aarup. Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality alone hosts 28 sub-contractors, the survey shows.
“The study shows that the entire Funen is in one degree or another supplying the robot cluster. With the survey, we hope to make visible the vast network of suppliers so that we can create even more growth in both robot firms and subcontractors”, he said.
Odense Robotics hopes the survey can help to drive more growth to subcontractors and facilitate access to competent suppliers in the local area for the growing robot cluster. According to Søren Aarhus, there are many examples of small and medium sized companies in the industry in Funen that don’t find each other because they lack the selling and buying competence from both ends.
“So it is often Google search who decides who gets the order, although there may be a local firm down the road capable to handle the order”, said Søren.
He is not surprised that he has found so many suppliers in the network and is now hoping, along with Odense Robotics, the mapping will help to connect even more companies in the robot industry in Funen, just so orders are created and executed locally.
“During the next six months we will go through various seminars and other initiatives to convey the many opportunities for businesses and at the same time we will introduce a search tool detailing the types of orders subcontractors can solve. A form of local google within the cluster.”
“If matchmaking is successful, demands are filled by both sides of companies”, he stresses.
“Robot Company must choose locally and subcontractors must be ready to use the extra energy and invest in a robot company that may be on the rise”.
In 2015, Odense Robotics asked 80 companies in the robot cluster, what expectations they had for job creation. The answer was the growth of the cluster would create 800 jobs, and we see further business among companies in the cluster.
“If we manage to create 800 jobs in the cluster, so there may be around 1000 to 1500 jobs created with subcontractors, so there really is a lot of potential”, he says.