Source | http://economictimes.indiatimes.com : By Surabhi Agarwal
A silent Cobot revolution is brewing in Indian workspaces
For Denmark-based Universal Robots, India has become its fastest growing market in less than two years of starting operations in the country , Jürgen von Hollen, president, Universal Robots told ET. The company , which is one of the leading player in `Cobots’ or (Collaborative Robots that work alongside human beings), already has automotive companies such as ajaj Auto and Royal Enfield as its customers along with healthcare provider Aravind Eye Hospital and educational and research institute such as Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
“We see India as a high-potential market. In terms of geography, America and European region are largest markets but Asia Pacific is now growing faster than both of those markets,“ said Hollen. “I know of a lot of companies that have invested in India for India but here is a tool that allows India to invest in India and also take it global,“ he said.
Hollen who was on a recent visit to the country said according to his estimate, Asia would soon present the largest share for the company . “The Apac region will be the fastest growing, that’s a given. China and Japan are going to be the main staple but I see India as a third element. India, if it adopts similar programmes as the Chinese and the Japanese towards promoting automation, will become larger than the rest,“ Hollen said. He said the company started its India operations in the beginning of 2016, and it has shown the highest growth among all other countries and regions.
The Cobots, which are designed just like an arm, works alongside a human being to enhance their productivity instead of replacing them. Hollen said contrary to popular perception, none of the companies that have deployed Cobots have laid off even a single employee because of it. He said Auro LabsBSE -0.50 %, which is part of the Aravind Eye and designs lens to treat cataract, has begun exporting to 150 countries after deploying Universal Robots’ Cobots from just supplying to its parent hospital earlier. “The fundamental is to make it as simple to use as possible and that has created an environment for innovation around this concept,“ said Hollen.