Looking back on some of the highlights of 2022 in the Danish Robotics Cluster: A year in review

Jan 3, 2023 | Articles, News, Robotics and Drones

Let’s look back at the year in the Danish Robotics industry, and a peek at what lies ahead in 2023. Here are some of the highlights.


  • With an investment of EUR 45 million from A.P. Møller HoldingBlue Ocean Robotics is accelerating its growth and product development.
  • The Danish automation company BILA A/S acquires the machine builder Kilde Automation to ensure long-term growth and strengthen the international competitiveness of both parties. In addition to Kilde Automation A/S, BILA Group has recently acquired PJM A/S, Reo-Pack, the service department at Blaaholm and Dan Palletiser, so today, the automation house is present in 11 Danish cities as well as in Norway and Sweden.
  • German industrial group STIHL Acquires 23% of Danish Robotics Company, TinyMobileRobots. STIHL’s robotic lawnmowers share a strong technical kinship with the advanced and fully autonomous line-marking robots produced by TinyMobileRobots, which are intended for use in sports fields, road construction, agriculture and more.
  • Under the Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) name and led by President Walter Vahey, the two Teradyne companies became a single supplier of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), accelerating technology development and market leadership worldwide.
  • Esben Østergaard, who prefers to invest in robots which can make the world a better place, made his 2nd investment within maritime robotics (the 1st was Blue Atlas Robotics) when he decided to become part of the investor team behind SubBlue Robotics. Earlier this year, Thomas Visti and Ralf Astrup also joined the strong team of investors, which also counts Anders Koksbang.
  • GE Renewable Energy, Holcim, and CEMEX invested in the Danish robot company COBOD International. The investment will give GE Renewable Energy additional access to COBOD’s unique 3D Printing technology. COBOD provides the largest 3D concrete printer in the world. 3D-printed buildings are more advantageous than conventional building methods because a 3D printer saves many resources compared to traditional methods: It goes faster, requires fewer workers, and makes the working environment healthier. More sustainable and locally sourced materials can also be used to minimise transport and delivery time.

NextGen Robotics

SDU and several partners established the world’s first centre for developing automation and robots for building large structures such as wind turbines, ships, and buildings. The Large Structure Production Centre received DKK 87.6 million to create a unique laboratory on a large scale. LSP is the most significant component in the Funen business hub, with 65 partners in the consortium, Nextgen Robotics.

Also, the drone test centre at HCA Airport received DKK 8.6 million DKK, the development of automated ferries on South Funen received DKK 7.9 million, and the project House of Robotics received DKK 1.6 million.

Awards, winners, and celebrations of the year

Denmark is no. 1 in deploying artificial intelligence

Denmark is no. 1 in deploying artificial intelligence compared to the rest of the EU. 24 % of Danish businesses have embraced AI, according to SMV Denmark.

EasyRobotics celebrates a milestone: 1,000 robot cells installed. The Danish company EasyRobotics, founded in 2014, recently shipped a large order for dispatch to the United States, comprising 70 complete solutions for automated machine tending. The Danish Robot environment also has a share in the success:

There’s a spirit of generosity and helpfulness that permeates the entire robot family, where you’re welcomed with open arms, irrespective of whether you’re new to the field or already have a billion in the bank. It’s been an eye-opener to experience an environment where there’s such a high level of cooperation across companies, where everyone works to generate synergies and where there is a sense of camaraderie you will not find in other sectors, relates Anders Kjempff, CEO at EasyRobotics.

Anders Kjempff

CEO, EasyRobotics

Events of the year

March 2022


  • During Tour de France 2022, which started in Denmark, cycling fans paid tribute to the late Chris Anker Sørensen. Robots from Turf Tank used 200 litres of paint to create the mural of Anker Sørensen on a football pitch. The painting was seen from helicopter pictures when the peloton passed Holbæk in Denmark.


  • At the International Drone Show in Odense Global Drone Industry Drawn To Denmark’s Outstanding Drone Environment. A Swarm of hi-tech bees surrounded the Hans Christian Andersen Airport, which has become an international hub for drone development.
  • At Gateway to Europe, visitors were able to get the latest insights from the Danish ecosystem, and a chance to learn about how easy it is to set up a business in Denmark and tap into the world’s leading robotics ecosystem.


  • IFR and DIRA present the world robotics statistics: Denmark is falling behind in robot density. Denmark has fallen out of the global top 10 in the deployment of robots and is now in 12th position, with 234 robots per 10,000 employees. In 2014 – just seven years ago – Denmark occupied a healthy 5th position globally.

November – end of the year

  • Denmark’s robotics industry joins forces to establish a new fund for robotic startups. Odense Robotics StartUp Fund will offer generations of robotics and drone startups from Denmark and abroad. The fund’s DKK 18.4M capital is made up of donations from some of Denmark’s most influential robotics investors and companies and prominent commercial foundations behind some of the country’s largest industrial companies.

Robot Orders and Case studies

New robotics products launched in 2022

– Robots and automation solutions from Denmark spread out to more and more industries
  • All In On Green launched the robot SeaProtectorOne on the global market; It’s an intelligent mechanical arm that captures floating plastic and other waste before it reaches the oceans and does any harm. Mads Tranders Nielsen and Frank Rosenbjerg invented this innovation.
  • Universal Robots launched the cobot UR20 at Automatica, which is the company’s fastest and strongest collaborative robot arm ever.
  • As key people from the robot industry in Central and Northern Europe gathered in the ‘robot capital’ Odense, Denmark, for a Partner Summit, they were introduced to OnRobot’s new software D:PLOY. The groundbreaking software enables the automation of large parts of programming generally required before a robotic solution goes into operation. The new OnRobot software should free up 80% of the time spent on deploying robotics automation.
  • QuadSAT presented a drone solution to perform diagnostics on antennas in the field without the cost and time of moving the antennas to test labs. The system is transported directly to the antenna, where the automated test is performed. The data is then collected and processed in the post-flight software and sent straight to the customer.
  • Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Odense University Hospital (OUH) have jointly developed the world’s first fully automated arthritis scanning robot. The robot has just been CE certified and is thus ready to be sold and used in hospitals throughout Europe. It is a breakthrough in rapid testing for rheumatoid arthritis, leading to shorter wait times and greater patient flexibility. It weighs 150 kilos, scans 11 joints per hand and handles up to four patients per hour. The name is ARTHUR – a pun on the word “arthritis” as well as “ultrasound” and “robot”.
  • Manufacturing companies producing many small series often face the challenge that changing from one series to another requires extra resources. The new solution StackIT automates the setup from start to finish – programming the robot and enabling CNC machines to run 24/7 and change between series with the touch of a button. Hannemann Engineering developed StackIT.
  • Sebastian Schlicker launched the new platform Supplybase. It streamlines activities related to outsourcing part manufacturing.
  • Denmark writes world history: A drone from a university charges the battery directly on high voltage line. A specially designed drone from the drone centre at the University of Southern Denmark has, for the first time, connected directly to a high-voltage line with 150 kV in a test in the city of Odense. This allows drones to autonomously inspect and work directly on the lines in the 7000 km Danish network, as part of the green transition.
  • The Danish Industry Foundation launched a map of Denmark’s 400 test facilities. This outline shall stimulate more innovation, research & development among Danish manufacturers.
  • Together with researchers at the University of Southern DenmarkBionic System Solutions has developed a new robot-controlled camera inspired by lizards like geckos and agamas. For instance, this technology can aid the short-range detection of drones to increase security for a defined area.

Mark the dates now

  • 14 – 16 March 2023 – European Robotics Forum: The most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, the European Robotics Forum (ERF2023), will be held in Odense, Denmark. The ERF2023 covers all aspects and current themes related to robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated.
  • The international matchmaking event for Robotics, Drones & Automation, Odense Investor Summit, will (most likely) be part of Europe’s largest robotics tradeshow, Automatica, in Munich. The hit rate is usually high when capital-hungry startups and risk-taking investors meet at Odense Investor Summit in Europe’s fastest-growing robotics environment. Based on the success of previous summits, more than half of the attending startups will succeed in finding investor capital at the matchmaking event.
  • 28- 29 of August – Gateway to Europe and International Drone Show: Gateway to Europe and the International Drone Show 2023 will take place at in the city of Odense and HCA Airport. The International Drone Show is arranged by Odense Robotics and UAS Denmark Test Center, which offers vital drone testing facilities and 1.900 km2 segregated airspace and BVLOS flights.
  • 23 September 2023 – ROBOINSIGHTS: The conference ROBOINSIGHTS will be held near Copenhagen.
  • 30 November 2023 – REBOOT: A brand new sustainability event will take place at Odense Congress Center. The event is called REBOOT and helps Danish companies to move their business in a more sustainable direction through concrete tools, knowledge, products, advice, and partnerships.


Further information

Rasmus Torpegaard Festersen


My drive is to help foreign companies in the robotics, drone, tech and automation industry to establish in Odense and connect them to relevant business partners and opportunities in the City of Odense.  My background is within business, sports and leadership in tech – and my knowledge and network are there to help you.

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