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Coboworx builds robots for medium-sized businesses
October 11, 2023, 5:02 p.m
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Germany is one of the countries with the highest density of robots. But this is primarily due to large companies; Moritz Werner from Coboworx sees a lot of catching up to do in medium-sized companies. Because many people there have respect for too much complexity, he says in the ntv podcast “So techt Deutschland”.
Whether for the production of cars, machines or in the food industry: robots have become an integral part of factories. Since 2013, China has been the world’s largest market for industrial robots. According to the International Federation of Robotics, 52 percent of mechanical helpers were installed in the People’s Republic in 2022.
Germany is also still one of the five markets with the highest robot density. But this is primarily due to large companies; Moritz Werner from Coboworx sees a lot of catching up to do in medium-sized companies. The robotics startup wants to help small and medium-sized companies get started with automation. “Small and medium-sized businesses generate more than 50 percent of the gross domestic product, but are hardly automated,” says Werner in the ntv podcast “So techt Deutschland”.
He cites frozen pizzas as an example: “If you buy a frozen pizza at Lidl, there is a 99 percent probability that someone put it in the box and then put the small box in the large box and the large box on a pallet.” Sometimes a step is automated, says Werner, but not the big picture.
“The system is worth it from day one”
Because many companies have respect for complex automation solutions: “I can’t use it, my employees can’t use it,” Werner describes the concerns in the podcast.
The goal of Coboworx is therefore to take the complexity out of working with robots. Especially from the process of integrating robots into production. Instead of setting up its own system each time, the company created a modular system that can be used for a wide variety of applications. “We deliver in two to three weeks. There is very little individualization for the customer. The system runs from day one and is worth it from day one,” he promises.
In “So techt Deutschland” the ntv presenters Frauke Holzmeier and Andreas Laukat ask founders, investors, politicians and entrepreneurs about the state of Germany as a technology location.