The Danish robotics cluster, Odense Robotics, has achieved the EU-certified Gold Label – the highest recognition achievable by cluster organizations. With the gold certificate, Odense Robotics officially enters the international premier league of clusters. This status will create great value for the companies in the cluster in terms of attracting development funds, employees, partners and customers.
The Gold Label is a quality stamp that underlines the region and Odense’s position as an international center for robot and automation technology. The eco-system of the cluster includes companies as Universal Robots, Mobile Industrial Robots, Blue Ocean Robotics and KUBO Robotics.
“It is unusual for such a young cluster organization, to obtain a gold certification. It is not often we experience it”, says Merete Daniel Nielsen, director at Cluster Excellence Denmark. The cluster has only been active for 2.5 years so far.
ESCA – European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis – is behind the certification and the comprehensive audit consisting of 31 criterias based on the size, management, financing, services and results of the robot cluster. The evaluation report states:
“Odense Robotics is an interesting example of a cluster development that originated as a political project. Especially the establishment of the Odense Robotics Startup Hub is an excellent success story and can be seen as a lighthouse project that attracts promising startups and contributes to the regional ecosystem”.
“I am pleased that the political commitment to creating a cluster has played a positive role in the evaluation. The robot cluster has already created more than 2600 jobs in the region of Odense, and with this certification, hopefully we will be able to create even more. This will make it easier to attract new businesses, and it will give businesses better opportunities to attract new investments, “says Mayor of Odense, Peter Rahbæk Juel.
The robot and automation industry on Fyn expects the staff to grow substantially in the coming years. Up to 2000 new jobs must be occupied by 2020. (Source: A&B Analyse 2016).
“With regards to recruitment and attracting skilled workers, the gold cluster certification is extremely valuable,” says Henrik Anker, CEO of Gibotech, and chairman of the Odense Robotics Board. “It raises awareness and strengthens the branding of companies in and around the cluster. It has become a quality stamp, in itself, to be part of the robot environment in Odense and I am convinced that it will positively affect the attractiveness of the many new employees,” concludes Henrik Anker.
The certification of Odense Robotics is also expected to open new doors to national and international collaborations, development projects and pools, which would otherwise not have been accessible to the companies.
Regional Council Chairman, Stephanie Lose (V), Region of Southern Denmark, welcomes the gold certification:
“The certification highlights the growing robotic area as an important strength in the Region of Southern Denmark, with strong research and development environments, especially around Odense. The development has been backed up by the Southern Danish Growth Forum since 2007. It is extremely important for the continued growth that the best possible framework for cooperation between companies, organizations and stakeholders with competences within robotics is in place”.