- Odense Robotics
- Chairman/PresidentHenrik Anker
Denmark’s robotics industry is growing – and driving green transition
Denmark’s robotics, automation and drone industry has grown significantly in recent years and is now home to global market leaders, high-growth startups and worldleading research. The industry develops technology to solve industrial and societal challenges – and is becoming a key driving force in green transition.
In only a few years, Denmark has established one of the leading robotics, automation and drone industries in the world. There are now more than 400 companies across the country. Development and production for the global market have created 10,700 jobs in Denmark and 3,800 abroad. In 2025, the total number of employees in Denmark and abroad is expected to reach 23,800.
The industry has a global stronghold within collaborative robots, mobile robots, industrial automation and professional service robots. Robotic, automation and drone technologies provide solutions for many industries, from manufacturing, logistics and transport to healthcare, defence and energy.
Megatrends fuel demand
With a turnover of EUR 2.8 billion (DKK 21.1 billion) and exports of EUR 1.5 billion (DKK 11 billion), the industry generated strong growth last year and attributed to the deployment of robotics in new settings.
Most companies reported a strong growth of 5-15%, which is in line with CAGR rates for the global robotics market. Some larger companies, particularly those specialising within collaborative and mobile robots, experienced growth of more than 40% in 2021 – in line with or exceeding global market predictions for these robot categories. Global megatrends such as labour shortages at end users and green transition are fuelling demand for automation.
Market challenges continue
Meanwhile, many companies were challenged in 2021. Supply chain issues, component shortages and recruitment difficulties presented challenges, particularly for scaleups.
The largest growth barrier cited by companies is a lack of understanding about the value of automation. While awareness about how automation can deliver efficiencies, enhance scalability and improve work environments has increased considerably, particularly under the pandemic, even more investments are needed if the industry is to realise its growth potential and end users are to reap the full benefits.
Outlook for steady growth
The industry has an overwhelmingly positive outlook on 2022, with 83% expecting an increase in turnover. While it’s difficult to make projections in this rapidly changing industry, companies’ expectations can give an indication of future development. In 2025, the industry is expected to generate EUR 5 billion (DKK 37.2 billion) in turnover, of which EUR 1.9 billion (DKK 14.3) are exports.
Driver for green transition
This is the first time figures are available for the robotics, automation and drone industry’s contribution to green transition. Results show that the industry is becoming a key driving force in green transition and circular economy, and an important part of a green value chain.
More than 80% of companies work strategically with green transition and circular economy. Almost the same proportion provide solutions that contribute to their customers’ green transition and circular economy. What is more, the industry plays a strong role in the green economy, serving customers in key segments such as the wind industry, energy efficiency and green agriculture.
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