Throughout history engineering has been at the forefront of innovation and has led to important breakthroughs in a number of different industries and fields. The engineering field is also constantly evolving as it explores new avenues of research and design. Interestingly, according to a new report from the Institute of Engineering and Technology there are a number of key sectors predicted to drive engineering in the future, which will likely create the most opportunities for the next generation of engineers here in Britain.
One of these key areas is the robotics industry. Robots have played an important role in our society for decades, and, for example, have formed a key part of a number of manufacturing industries conducting automated processes, such as the food production and car manufacturing industries. According to this new report, robots are set to become a bigger part of our future and the race is on to develop the next generation of smart robots, with the ability to help solve many of the problems we face in our world today.
According to The Telegraph, the biggest opportunities for engineers in this developing field are thought to lie in automating manufacturing processes. For example, the car industry here in the UK currently uses almost half the number of robots employed in Germany and Italy, and as such has a long way to go to catch up with its competitors.
As outlined in the report, globally the robotics market is worth €22 billion worldwide, and this figure is set to grow to up to €62 billion by the year 2020. The growth of the robotics industry will place a considerable demand on skills, and a substantial number of engineers will be required to take a leading role in robotics research in addition to working with robots in the field. The European Commission estimates that 75,000 new jobs in the field will be created throughout Europe by the year 2020.
Interestingly the government has already designated a sum of £35 million to aid in the creation of centres dedicated to robotics and autonomous systems, and a further sum of £16 million has already been invested in university-based robotics programmes in an attempt to secure the UK’s role in research in this field.
Reports such as this highlight the exciting new avenues the engineering industry will likely explore in the future. Here at Motion Drives and Controls we are passionate about engineering, and are suppliers of a great range of engineering products including Boschert devices. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.