Robotics Festival Goes on Tour

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Robotics Festival Goes on Tour

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13. September 2022  •   Leipzig  •   10:00

  • Experts to talk about the future of robotics in Leipzig
  • New format at Robotics Festival: Application & Clients Day
  • High international demand for dialogue and networking

Dresden / Leipzig, June 16, 2022. In 2022, the Robotics Festival will visit in Leipzig. With the support of Leipzig Office for Economic Development, Robot Valley Saxony will bring the Robotics Festival together with the international robotics and automation industry in the immediate vicinity of the Baumwollspinnerei arts center. In 2023, the festival will be held again in Dresden, followed by Chemnitz for the first time in 2024.

“The Robotics Festival is going on tour and will roll through Saxony. We’re delighted that this industry event has been met with such a great response. Leipzig, the city at the heart of the Metropolitan Region of Central Germany, is an exciting location for our festival, and has a lot to offer in the field of robotics – just like Chemnitz, the home of automation. For us, it’s a great opportunity to showcase the entire range of Saxony’s expertise in robotics and automation,” said Thomas Schulz, Managing Director of Robot Valley Saxony UG.

The Robotics Festival made its debut in September 2021 in Dresden, the capital of Saxony. In a very short time, the organizers put together an impressive program and signed up several supporters – not only prestigious national and international experts, but also leading robotics and automation companies. They included firms such as ABB, FANUC, Denso, Siemens, igus, Universal Robots, Stäubli, YASKAWA, Microsoft, and Schunk, as well as world-famous scientists like Oussama Khatib (Stanford, USA), Sami Haddadin (Munich, Germany), Frank Fitzek and Gerhard Fettweis (Dresden, Germany), and also startups including Wandelbots, Agile Robotics, Poweron and Waku Robotics.

“We were just what the industry wanted. There’s a huge need for dialogue at the level of decision-makers about how the markets will develop over the next five to ten years and the opportunities emerging. The problem is that Germany – indeed Europe – hasn’t really had a suitable forum where robotics and industry decision-makers could meet the leading scientists and the young guns. Right from the start, we received great encouragement for our approach,” said Thomas Schulz. The experiences and suggestions from the previous year were taken into account in this year’s planning. “We listened closely to what the visitors and speakers last year had to say. As a result, we decided to expand the Robotics Festival 2022 to include ‘Application & Clients Day’’,” explained Schulz.

The third day of the festival is Hands-on Day. It will host additional guests specializing in applications and concrete solutions to problems. The keynotes and panel discussions will then focus on specific examples of how tasks in industry and medium-sized businesses have been solved, transformed and digitized with the aid of robotics. Visitors will be able to see robotics solutions up close and find out about the possibilities already available.

“Robotics and automation aren’t a fad,” added Schulz. Whereas in the past, the robotics industry was often accused of destroying jobs, the need for workers is leading to a huge demand for automation. In the coming years, it will play a crucial role in enabling companies to meet their productivity targets despite the shrinking labor market. This year, the organizers are again expecting interest from many trade visitors from industry and research. In 2021, around 400 visitors from the robotics and automation industry discussed the future of robotics with 60 international speakers and experts, some of the world’s top scientists, 30 selected startups, and also investors.

About the Robotics Festival

The Robotics Festival is the annual robotics highlight where international decision-makers from industry, leading scientists, startups, and investors all actively shaping the robotics industry discuss the future, markets, technologies and opportunities.

About Robot Valley

Founded in March 2021 on the initiative of Saxon industry players, Robot Valley Saxony brings together Saxon and international decision-makers from the robotics and user industries as well as SMEs and startups, suppliers, service providers, research institutes, universities, colleges, and public institutions to promote innovation and growth in the industry and to establish Saxony as an international robotics hotspot.

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