Finland’s subsequent authorities has one ace up its sleeve

Automation is beginning to fill the hole

The excellent news is that Finland is turning to automation and beginning to use robots to assist to unravel the challenges brought on by labor and expertise shortages.  

Probably the most automated industries in Finland are metallic & equipment (which accounts for round a 3rd of the nation’s robotic inventory), automotive and electronics. Right here, our firm’s collaborative robots usually fulfill duties of dealing with and selecting, inspection, logistics and meeting and they’re serving to corporations to extend productiveness. Janavalo Oy, a metallic trade firm from the Häme area, began to fill vacancies with collaborative robots. In just some months it has been in a position to make use of cobots to nearly double the output of every welder.  

Nonetheless some option to go

Massive firms like Nokia have spearheaded the usage of robotics in Finland and are in fact already extremely automated. However by way of total robotic utilization we’re lagging behind a few of our neighbouring nations and there may be nonetheless a lot potential for automation in smaller corporations. In response to the Worldwide Federation of Robotics, neighbouring Sweden, the place the economic construction corresponds fairly properly to Finland’s, has 3 times as many robotic items put in all through its industries as Finland.  

As a nation we have to consider robots in a wider context – past the partitions of worldwide model names and automobile corporations. Wherever an individual does repetitive work, robots could make issues simpler. Robotics can completely be one of many options to the talents scarcity, if given the possibility. 

One other driver of automation in Finland, past the business advantages for particular person corporations, ought to the nation’s deal with sustainability. As a rustic that’s closely depending on pure assets, Finland has a robust dedication to environmental safety. Right here, automation may help scale back waste, improve vitality effectivity and promote sustainable practices. 

We’re on the right track, however extra governmental assist is required

We’re fortunate in Finland to already be seeing the advantages of presidency assist for automation. Many corporations have benefited from a public growth grant for robotics funding – I do know that it’s a lot appreciated. The state has to date reimbursed 50% of initiatives’ wage prices, however solely 10-35% of the particular funding, relying on the place in Finland the corporate is positioned. 

Over the previous yr, I’ve requested dozens of corporations what would encourage them to take the ultimate step and put money into automation. Fairly often the reply is that barely extra beneficiant and regionally non-discriminatory funding assist would make a distinction, particularly for the small and medium sized corporations. I believe we might make an actual impression by rising the funding assist for tools buy to 35% all through Finland. 

Have to develop technical experience 

Lastly, let’s not neglect that know-how is itself one of many sectors bothered by expertise shortages. In response to a examine on the necessity for expertise performed by Expertise Industries of Finland in 2021, Finland’s know-how industries will want 130,000 new consultants throughout the subsequent 10 years. So, simply as in different nations, we have to proceed to deal with training and coaching in colleges, schools and within the workforce. 

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