Finland’s subsequent authorities has one ace up its sleeve

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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 resolve the challenges attributable to labor and abilities shortages.  

Probably the most automated industries in Finland are steel & equipment (which accounts for round a 3rd of the nation’s robotic inventory), automotive and electronics. Right here, our firm’s collaborative robots sometimes fulfill duties of dealing with and selecting, inspection, logistics and meeting and they’re serving to corporations to extend productiveness. Janavalo Oy, a steel business 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 virtually double the output of every welder.  

Nonetheless some approach to go

Massive companies like Nokia have spearheaded using robotics in Finland and are after all already extremely automated. However by way of general 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 keeping with the Worldwide Federation of Robotics, neighbouring Sweden, the place the commercial construction corresponds fairly properly to Finland’s, has thrice 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 abilities 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 give attention to sustainability. As a rustic that’s closely depending on pure sources, Finland has a powerful dedication to environmental safety. Right here, automation may also help scale back waste, improve power effectivity and promote sustainable practices. 

We’re on target, however extra governmental help is required

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

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 help would make a distinction, particularly for the small and medium sized corporations. I believe we might make an actual impression by growing the funding help for gear buy to 35% all through Finland. 

Have to develop technical experience 

Lastly, let’s not overlook that expertise is itself one of many sectors bothered by abilities shortages. In keeping with a examine on the necessity for abilities carried out by Expertise Industries of Finland in 2021, Finland’s expertise industries will want 130,000 new specialists inside the subsequent 10 years. So, simply as in different nations, we have to proceed to give attention to schooling and coaching in colleges, faculties and within the workforce. 

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