Japan and Germany Bond Over Robots
Like many sectors around the world, global robotics has taken a hit recently due to coronavirus pandemic fallout and supply chain disruptions. But German installations of industrial robots have remained basically steady, which is good news for partners like Japan, whose own sector struggled.
Japan is the second-largest industrial robotics market in the world, behind only China, while Germany is fifth, after the United States and South Korea. This “big five” in robots mirrors the importance of the automotive industry in the countries concerned: according to the IFR WORLD ROBOTICS REPORT 2021, they account for 80 percent of the world’s robot installations. Japan and Germany are third and fourth respectively in terms of robot density.
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All of which means that there are many good reasons for Japanese firms to set up shop in Germany. It’s the number one location in Europe and number two in the world for Japanese Machinery FDI. Meanwhile, the third most machinery FDI in Germany from the world originates in Japan.
One of the companies that has come to Germany and had success is OTC DAIHEN, a leading manufacturer of welding robots, which operated four locations in Germany.
“OTC has been in Germany since 1982, and since then our Japanese parent has continually invested in Germany as a business location and developed and greatly expanded our palette of products and services in line with the demands of further production automation and networked industry,” says OTC DAIHEN Europe Managing Director Norbert Kleinendonk. “We have completely reorganized and built up everything from project engineering to specific applications new here. Of course we use the core expertise of our parent company, but we refine it here.”
Kleinendonk adds that close proximity to its customers is essential for OTC’s business.
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