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 resolve the challenges brought on by 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 choosing, inspection, logistics and meeting and they’re serving to firms to extend productiveness. Janavalo Oy, a steel business firm from the Häme area, began to fill vacancies with collaborative robots. In only a few months it has been in a position to make use of cobots to nearly double the output of every welder.  

Nonetheless some strategy to go

Large companies like Nokia have spearheaded the usage of robotics in Finland and are in fact already extremely automated. However when it comes to 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 firms. In line with the Worldwide Federation of Robotics, neighbouring Sweden, the place the economic construction corresponds fairly nicely 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 firms. 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 prospect. 

One other driver of automation in Finland, past the business advantages for particular person firms, ought to the nation’s concentrate on 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 cut back waste, improve power effectivity and promote sustainable practices. 

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

We’re fortunate in Finland to already be seeing the advantages of presidency assist for automation. Many firms have benefited from a public improvement grant for robotics funding – I do know that it’s a lot appreciated. The state has to this point 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 12 months, I’ve requested dozens of firms what would encourage them to take the ultimate step and spend money on 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 firms. I believe we might make an actual affect by growing the funding assist for gear buy to 35% all through Finland. 

Must develop technical experience 

Lastly, let’s not overlook that expertise is itself one of many sectors bothered by abilities shortages. In line 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 concentrate on schooling and coaching in colleges, schools and within the workforce. 

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