Where in the world can you find the best robotics innovation and talent? You might say Japan, Germany, or on American soil at Carnegie Mellon, MIT or USC. But did you know Denmark has been called the ‘Silicon Valley’ of robotics?
Bilge Jacob Christiansen, a former UR engineer, developed a collaborative gripper which became the first product of OnRobot. In 2018, Iversen established OnRobot A/S by merging Christiansen’s gripper company with two other end-of-arm tooling companies, Perception Robotics and Optoforce. Today, Iversen is an active investor in robotics – he expects 50x growth of OnRobot in the next five years, with acquisitions of end-of-arm tooling startups a big part of the strategy. The Danish robotics industry as a whole is estimated to grow 300% by 2025.
The industry is concentrated in Odense, Denmark, a small city with a population of 200,000. “Odense has become one of the most dynamic places in Europe to develop robotics business,” said Mikkel Christoffersen, Cluster Director at Odense Robotics. “The attendance at the event shows that we have managed to gather all the right people from companies, public authorities, investors, education and research.”