The plan announced by Arnaud Montebourg on Tuesday morning in Lyon, totalling 100 million euros, will not only encourage research and development and innovation. It clearly aims to increase the number of industrial robots in use in SMEs.
The French industry is, in fact, lagging behind its European neighbours. Our country was even overtaken by Spain in the number of robots purchased in 2011.
The Robot Start SME project, initiated by SYMOP and supported by the State, aims to support a target of 250 to 300 SMEs in the integration of industrial robots. Deployed by SYMOP with CETIM and CEA-List, it consists of three steps:
- a diagnostic and business advisory phase,
- 10% of the cost of financing the facility,
- a balance sheet in terms of productivity gains, competitiveness and employment.
For Symop President Jean-Camille URING, "this plan marks a decisive turning point in the government's consideration of the imperative to upgrade the production tool of French SMEs through robotics, automation and all production technologies. Of the 33 million euros of the plan, more than 4 will come from future investments, it is an obvious demonstration of the commitment of the state. »
The Union is also looking forward to joining the newly created "future sector robotics committee" that will generate greater visibility and coordination of stakeholders. »
For Vincent Schramm, Director General of SYMOP, "there is a collective awareness and mobilization of the Ministry of Productive Recovery that can allow France to catch up and develop a future project in robotics for the benefit of re-industrialization."
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