Seventeen years after its founding by three visionary young researchers in the basement, Universal Robots has just reached 1,000 employees.
global robotsthe largest company in the fast-growing Danish robotics hub, became the first organization in the group to reach 1,000 employees – one of the few Danish companies founded in the millennium to achieve this feat.
Since launching the first collaborative robot (cobot) in 2008, Universal Robots has grown to be the global market leader in cobots with offices in more than 20 countries around the world. The company’s success is reflected in the growth of a whole range of robotics, which means Denmark is now home to more than 400 robotics companies and makes the Danish city of Odense one of the world’s leading robotics centers.
Speaking about the announcement, Kim Povlsen, President and CEO of Universal Robots, said:: “This is a historic milestone for us, and we are proud of how we have grown from being a home-grown startup in the basement under a university to becoming a global cobot pioneer and market leader. Above all, it shows that we have a great product and that many companies around the world can Seeing the benefits of using our bots to grow their business.”
Journey of 17 years
Universal Robots began in 2005, when three young researchers — Esben Østergaard, Kasper Støy and Kristian Kassow — from the University of Southern Denmark became frustrated with how heavy, expensive and complicated robots were at the time to use. This gave them the idea of creating a bot that was flexible, safe to work with, and easier to install and program.
Since then, Universal Robots has developed a range of cobot products, the most recent addition The new UR20 to her portfolio, and has sold more than 50,000 Cobots worldwide.
As Universal Robots has thrived, so has the Danish robotics scene, centered around Odense, a city of 200,000 residents. The number of people employed by Danish robotics companies is expected to reach 23,000 by 2025, while the total revenue from the industry is already more than 2.8 billion euros.
Over the past year, Universal Robots has employed more than 200 employees to ensure the company is ready to realize the massive growth potential that lies ahead.
Kim Povlsen added as well: “From the outside, of course, there’s a lot of focus on product and technology. But technology doesn’t arise on its own. It’s about having the right people on board, and we at UR have some exceptionally skilled, innovative employees who are able to push the boundaries of what can be automated and how easy doing it.
“We have a new generation of cobots on the way, with the UR20 being the first model, and our numbers show that we’ve only reached approximately 2% of all potential customers worldwide. So the potential is huge and as we celebrate the journey we’ve taken today, our eyes are set on firmly into the future.”
“If 10 years ago people could see what robot animals can do today, they would be amazed. Looking ahead, it should be like this in another 10 years. Making it easier to solve even the most complex automation tasks is a very motivating goal.”
There will be an increasing need for automation around the world in the coming years, and it will be driven by many different things: the desire to protect employees from dangerous and monotonous tasks; relocation, in which companies move production closer to their home in response to an uncertain world; And above all, a labor shortage that will only get worse in the coming years.
About global robots
Universal Robots aims to enable change in the way work is done with its leading robotics platform.
Since introducing the world’s first commercially viable collaborative robot (cobot) in 2008, UR has developed a product portfolio that includes the UR3e, UR5e, UR10e, UR16e, and UR20, reflecting a range of reach and payloads.
Each model is supported by a wide range of final effects, software, accessories, and application suites UR+ ecosystem. This allows cobots to be used across a wide range of industries and means they can be redeployed across diverse missions.
The company, which is part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in , in Odense, Denmark, with offices in USA, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Mexico.
Universal Robots has installed over 50,000 Cobots worldwide.
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