Slovakia is starting to fall behind in robotics

Feb 15, 2023 | | Sticky post

According to the latest statistics from the International Federation of Robotics, Slovakia can no longer be called a robotic superpower. Unfortunately, we fell out of the top twenty countries after a long time concerning the density of robots in the manufacturing industry (official IFR report). According to available data for Slovakia in 2021, 143 robots per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry are active. Until 2018, we kept up with countries like Slovenia and the Czech Republic. In the following years, Slovakia began to lose steam in robotization, Slovenia overtook us significantly (249 robots per 10,000 employees), and the Czech Republic moderately (168 robots per 10,000 employees). For Slovakia, the significant level of robotization is mainly caused by the dominant automotive industry. For example, in 2019, up to 78% of robot applications in Slovakia were for this segment. Although automotive significantly improves Slovak statistics, in a more detailed analysis, even this segment does not fully utilize its potential. While until 2019, the density of robots in the automotive industry in Slovakia continued to grow, it has stagnated since this year, and till now, there have been no significant shifts. Currently, 532 robots per 10,000 employees work in the automotive industry in Slovakia. In the neighboring Czech Republic, this value is 577, and in Slovenia, it is a respectable value of 1,478 robots. If we look at the Slovak industry in general, only 43 robots work for 10,000 employees. So, we are far from the robotization of Central and Eastern Europe. We can state that the Slovak industry (including automotive) is very dependent on direct human labor, which may cause many problems in the future. More in more detailed IFR statistics are below.

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