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Although Lithuania is among the last in Europe, measuring the robotization levels of the industrial sector, it is an inevitable future. As the pandemic accelerates automation in all sectors around the world, Lithuanian industrialists are also talking about a turning point – the ratio of labor productivity, availability, quality and price in Lithuania is already moving in favor of robots.

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Sales value of professional service robots increased by 32% to USD11.2 billion worldwide (2018-2019). The COVID-19 pandemic will further boost the market. High demand for robotics disinfection solutions, robotic logistics solutions in factories and warehouses or robots for home delivery are examples of this trend.

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The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report shows a record of 2.7 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world – an increase of 12%. Sales of new robots remain on a high level with 373,000 units shipped globally in 2019. This is 12% less compared to 2018, but still the 3rd highest sales volume ever recorded.

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As the pandemic grows demand in the robotics industry, the sector is striving to be closer to business: companies implementing robotics solutions are educating industrialists, and the professionals who are developing them are making robots increasingly available not only for mass production but also for smaller manufacturers.

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Statistics Lithuania has calculated that the number of Lithuanian companies using robots has increased from 3.2 to 4.6% in two years. Looking at the numbers, it is difficult to talk about the promising breakthrough, but experts say that, although not fast enough, Lithuanian business is digitizing, and 1.4% growth is not as modest as it may look like.

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By 2022, an operational stock of almost 4 million industrial robots are expected to work in factories worldwide. These robots will play a vital role in automating production to speed up the post-Corona economy. At the same time, robots are driving demand for skilled workers. Educational systems must effectively adjust to this demand.

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A unique flexible welding solution “FlexHex”, winner of an international call for Technology Transfer Projects organized by the Digital Innovation Hubs² (DIH²) network has entered the next phase of production and will be put out to industrial experiments, comment developers from the Danish-Lithuanian consortia.

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LinkedIn page of the Lithuanian Robotics Association is an important channel for the most interesting updates and news from the robotics ecosystem in Lithuania. It gathers all current developments from the robotics companies under the hashtag #LRACommunity, presents the latest global trends and tendencies as well as invites robotic companies to participate in international open calls and programmes.

Recently, its base of followers has surpassed 300 and continues to grow. Join the vibrant community and be the first to get the most important news and updates by following our LinkedIn page here.

I4MS-4TS Supports 8 European Innovation Actions to Promote the Use of ICT Technologies in Manufacturing SMEs and Midcaps

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I4MS Phase 4 will grant European manufacturing SMEs access to 35 million euros for accelerating the uptake of digital technologies

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