Compared to its European peers, the UK lags far behind most countries in penetration of non-automotive industrial robots. In 2018, the UK had installed 42 industrial robots per 10,000 employees. This should be compared to 87 in Spain, 89 in France and 180 in Sweden. Germany was in the lead with 191 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees. (Source: International Federation of Robotics (IFR))
In combination with a low penetration of robots, there are also few funding opportunities for hardware start-ups in the UK (and Europe), with most investors focusing on software pureplay start-ups.
The TLA Robotics working group aims to encourage three things:
- Wider access to funding and support for robotics start-ups
- An increased gender balance in the sector
- Increased awareness, further exploration and adoption of robotics by industry to drive increased productivity and employment
TLA Robotics brings together start-ups, investors, vendors, users, students and practitioners across industries to discuss, network and, ultimately, promote robotics & automation.