Danish Robotics

Denmark ranks amongst the world’s leading robot nations today. The country’s thriving robotics, automation and drone industry has grown significantly in recent years and is home to global market leaders, high-growth startups and world-leading research. The Danish Robotics scene is internationally renowned for its collaborative approach to developing and commercialising new technologies. As a result, Denmark has generated several unicorns and is fast becoming a magnet for international talent and investors.


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    A strong Robotics ecosystem

    Denmark is home to a high-tech ecosystem, one of the best robotic incubators in Europe and Europe’s only gold-certified robotics cluster, Odense Robotics. This unique environment has fostered several unicorns and global market leaders within industrial robots, collaborative robots, automation, intelligent robotics and drones. Denmark’s world-leading development and commercialisation within robotics is driven by a ‘collaborative’ mindset, where companies, research institutions and public organisations work closely together to leverage synergies and grasp emerging opportunities.

    Robots and drones are operated by and for people, with Danish Robotics companies known for developing solutions that are flexible, easy to use and that relieve employees of repetitive tasks. The robotics industry in Denmark is typically characterised by a flat hierarchy in the workplace, which means that employees have the opportunity to influence their daily work and enjoy a good work-life balance.

    Danish Robotics in numbers

    • 107

      Robotics startups

    • € 7 million

      invested in Robotics startups, 2021

    • 908

      employees in Robotics startups

    • 1980

      First movers

      Odense Steel Shipyard is a frontrunner in using robots for welding and painting ships.

    • 2005

      Invention of cobots

      Universal Robots is founded - the inventor of collaborative robotics, the fastest-growing segment within Robotics.

    • 2015

      Growing industry

      The Odense Robotics cluster and startup hub are founded in Odense. Universal Robots is acquired by Teradyne for $285 million.

    • 2018

      Magnet for investors

      Odico becomes the first Robotics company to trade on NASDAQ First North. Teradyne acquires Mobile Industrial Robots. Investors reinvest in the ecosystem.

    • 2021

      Global hotspot

      More than 300 companies and around 8,500 employees now work within robotics, automation and drones in Denmark. Since 2015, more than 800 million euros have been invested in Danish robotics, automation and drone companies in the Odense area alone. Preparations are underway to open the world's largest cobot hub.

    An ecosystem of many strengths

    In just a few years, Denmark has created one of the world’s leading Robotics and Drone ecosystems, primarily due to strong collaboration through the Odense Robotics cluster. Robotics is one of Denmark’s fastest growing industries and with a continuously growing need for automation on a global scale, the Danish Robotics scene will see strong growth in years to come.

    Click here to see a comprehensive overview of the Danish Robotics ecosystem.

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