The country with the most industrial robots (631) to 10,000 employees is South Korea, according to data provided by the International Federation of Robotics. By comparison, in Romania there are 15 industrial robots per 10,000 employees. Our country needs over 10,000 robots in the next years to remain competitive in the region, according to Universal Robots.
"Our customers are primarily supportive of the lack of staff with collaborative robots working with existing workers," said Horia Stanescu, Sales Development Manager at Universal Robots.
The global average is 74 robots per 10,000 employees. Slovakia and Slovenia have over 130 units. The Czech Republic has a density of 100 robots per 10,000 workers, while Hungary has 60, and Poland 30 units per 10,000 workers.
A study by the European Center for Economic Research (ZEW) shows that the automation and digitization of companies does not cause staff cuts but their lack of competitiveness, which forces them to cut costs on employees. According to the research, employment has increased by 1% in Germany due to the automation process and the trend will continue until 2021 with an increase of almost 2%.