Title: A Helping Hand for Europe: The Competitive Outlook for the EU Robotics Industry
Authors: FORGE SimonBLACKMAN Colin
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC61539
ISBN: 978-92-79-17657-9
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24600 EN
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=3781
DOI: 10.2791/48951
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report is one of a series resulting from a project entitled ¿Competitiveness by Leveraging Emerging Technologies Economically¿ (COMPLETE), carried out by JRC-IPTS. Each of the COMPLETE studies illustrates in its own right that European companies are active on many fronts of emerging and disruptive ICT technologies and are supplying the market with relevant products and services. Nevertheless, the studies also show that the creation and growth of high tech companies is still very complex and difficult in Europe, and too many economic opportunities seem to escape European initiatives and ownership. COMPLETE helps to illustrate some of the difficulties experienced in different segments of the ICT industry and by growing potential global players. Hopefully, COMPLETE will contribute to a better understanding of the opportunities and help shape better market conditions (financial, labour and product markets) to sustain European competitiveness and economic growth. 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.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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