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German robotics, automation expects strong growth in 2022, VDMA reports

Dec. 23, 2021

The German robotics and automation industry forecasts its turnover to grow by 10% in 2022.

"Our sector currently has a high order backlog, and we see a positive investment climate in our key customer industries. We are also well on track to reach our 2021 growth forecast of +11%. This means that in 2022 we are likely to return to our pre-crisis level of 2019 with an industry sales volume of 14.7 billion euros. The prerequisite for this is that the current disruptions in supply chains do not intensify significantly," says Frank Konrad, chairman of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association and CEO of Hahn Automation GmbH in Rheinböllen, Germany.

The VDMA represents more than 3,400 German and European companies of the mechanical engineering industry. The companies employ around four million people in Europe, more than one million of them in Germany. Mechanical and plant engineering represents a European turnover volume of around 800 billion euros. With a net value added of around 270 billion euros, it contributes the highest share of the entire manufacturing sector to the European gross domestic product.

The VDMA Robotics + Automation Association (VDMA R+A) forms a separate trade association within VDMA with more than 350 member companies: Suppliers of components and systems from the fields of robotics, integrated assembly solutions and machine vision. The aim of this industry-driven platform is to support robotics and automation through a wide range of activities and services.

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