In 2019, the industry generated EUR 14.7 billion in revenue, with integrated assembly solutions and robotics contributing 8 billion and 4 billion, respectively, and machine vision making up the remainder.
“The merger with ASTI allowed us to scale up quickly, enough to take on such orders, while for ASTI it brought a foothold in the German market,” says Andre Schmiljun, ASTI InSystems’ officer for media affairs. “There is a lot of demand in German industry for intelligent transport robots, a field we have been heavily engaged in for nearly a decade.”
“Covid-19 has shown us that supply chains can snap and that we need more automatization to make repetitive yet crucial work tasks feasible in high-cost countries like Germany,” Schmiljun adds.
Australians take the plunge
Another company to view the challenges of coronavirus as an opportunity is SPEE3D. In April, at the height of the lockdown, the Australian manufacturer of 3D printers pressed on with its expansion plans in the northern German city of Lübeck.