Nearly 700 exhibitors from 40 different countries and 30,000 visitors will take part in Automatica 2014. It is the leading platform for automation and production-process innovations. For the first time this year Automatica 2014 presents a section on service robots for professional use. Ready-to -use technology is directly aimed at businesses. Most importantly, the European Public-Private Partnership in Robotics will be launched during the trade fair. It involves €700 million public funding over 7 years, with a pledge from the private side to treble this amount.

Vice-President Neelie Kroes to particpate

Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda, will participate in the opening of the trade fair. Neelie Kroes will also be at the official launch of the Robotics Public-Private partnership in Robotics, which is run together by the Commission and euRobotics, a non-profit organisation representing the robotics community. Afterwards, Vice-President Kroes will take part in an organised tour of the fair.

Service robotics for professional use

The traditional industrial fair is embracing new areas of automation and robotics, such as professional service robotics, which are evolving rapidly. EUnited Robotics, an industrial association of European robotics manufacturers, has produced a new video on the diverse fields of service robotics for professional use. Below you can see the video in English. It is also available in German. (Video in German– Youtube link)


The EU-funded SMErobotics project is an initiative to support and strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs in manufacturing. It develops technologies for adaptive robots that are easy to use, especially by small and medium-sized businesses and their agile production environments. Meet them and many other EU-funded robotics projects at Automatica 2014. More on (link to Automatica – SMErobotics)

The video is courtesy of EUnited Robotics, European Robotics Association.