04.06.2014

Finland could be Europe’s leader in robotics by 2025

Finnish machine and metal products industry has the prerequisites for international success, according to the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.

Finland could be the leading country in Europe in the use of robotics in ten years’ time, according to the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries. The prediction is based on a vision for the Finnish machine and metal products industry for the year 2025, commissioned by the federation from ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

According to vision, the Finnish machine and metal products industry will be an even more tightly networked part of Europe’s world-leading machine industry cluster and has all the prerequisites to be flourishing in 2025. One of the goals set for the industry is to increase Finland’s share of intermediate goods imports to Germany’s machine industry from the current level of 0.8% to 2% by 2025.

Meeting increasing demand

Ilkka Niemelä, Director of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, believes that the Finnish machine and metal products industry should invest more in research and development. ”In order to be successful, the investment in R&D in 2025 should be an average of 3.5% of turnover, whereas it is now 2.2%,” he says.

According to ETLA Project Director Timo Nikinmaa, who compiled the vision, Europe’s machine and metal products industry is in a strong position. “Its products will be needed globally in more and more sectors due to population growth and the increasing living standards of the developing countries,” says Nikinmaa. The machine and metal products industry currently employs 127,00 people in Finland.


Source: Federation of Finnish Technology Industries