Facts and figures

120+ Companies

  • Specializing in areas such as collaborative robots, industrial robots, SME automation, automation components, sensors and vision, food tech, machine builders and welding robots.
  • Long and strong tradition of public / private collaboration, access to the latest knowledge and technology transfer through research and innovation partners.
  • Strong player in the international market.

10+ Research, development and innovation institutes

  • Excellent environments within knowledge and research in robot/integration/automation including:
    • The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute MMMI – a high-tech center of excellence for intelligent autonomous systems (University of Southern Denmark)
    • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science IMADA (University of Southern Denmark)
    • Cluster for Technological Innovation and Welfare at Lillebaelt Academy
    • Danish Technological Institute:
      – Center for Robotics
      – Center for Welfare and Interaction

Odense Robotics - Facts Figures 2018

40+ Robot related education programs

  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is a leader in Europe within education in robotics.
  • SDU has more than 15 Bachelor and Master of Science Programs e.g. Advanced Robotics Technology, Welfare Technology and Software Engineering.
  • At Lillebaelt Academy there are more than 10 undergraduate programs e.g. Automation Technology, Production Engineer and Computer Science.

10+ Clusters and partners

  • Welfare Tech
  • DIRA
  • RoboCluster
  • Living Lab Denmark
  • Manufacturing Academy of Denmark
  • The environment is also facilitating and guiding small businesses and start-ups

Odense’s technology center consists of more than 120 companies, with approximately 3200 employees, in the robotic, component, integration and automation sectors. Combined, these companies create a diverse cluster, with significant strengths in collaborative robots, industrial robots, SME automation, automation components, sensors and vision, food tech, machine builders and welding robots. These companies are generally partnership oriented. They have a strong tradition of public / private collaboration, and access to the latest knowledge and technology through collaboration with research institutes and innovation partners. Moreover, there are a number of local and national clusters and networks, consultants, financial partners and other economic operators.

In Odense, there are more than 40 relevant educational programs in the IT and Robotic field. The University of Southern Denmark has about 15 Masters and Engineering programs in robotics and software technology, Lillebaelt Academy has about 10 bachelor programs including Automation Technology, Production Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Odense also has an excellent environment fostering knowledge and research in robots/ integration / automation. We have the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute (MMMI) at the University of Southern Denmark, two national clusters (RoboCluster and Welfare Tech / Health Tech) and Danish Technological Institute’s Center for Robotic Technology. This environment also facilitates and guides small businesses and start-ups.

From an international perspective, Denmark is highly ranked for our ratio of operational industrial robots to employees, despite being comprised of mostly small and medium sized firms. Denmark has the seventh highest robot density – (number of operational robots per 10,000 employees) – with a worldwide equivalent of 166 robots per 10,000 employees in the industry. We also hold a leading position as top two, in 8 out of 10 industries in comparison to a number of other trading partners when it comes to robot density. The three largest industries in Denmark are the metal and engineering, food and chemical and pharmaceutical industries.