Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation has, with a donation of one million DDK to be paid over the next 2 years, given the opportunity for Danfoss to work in close collaboration with the more than 30 businesses in and around Sønderborg who are developing and producing robots and drones.
Through the new national Robot Cluster in Odense, the money will be spent on setting up a satellite for robots, drones, and automation in Sønderborg. Two members of staff will be working on creating networks between small innovative robot businesses and the big industrial enterprises in the area. In addition, the work will involve attracting investment, boosting exports as well as developing and producing new technologies.
The Director of Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation has spoken about the donation:
The sponsorship gives Danfoss the opportunity to work even more closely with small innovative robot- and automation businesses. Through this, it will gain new insight in how the company can optimise production.Per Have, CEO Bitten and Mads Clausen’s Foundation
Mikkel Christoffersen, Director of the Robot Cluster, is enthusiastic about the support and says that they, as a newly formed robot cluster, would like to be involved wherever there are businesses with whom they can work together. In this regard, Sønderborg is ideal as there is already a high concentration of businesses dealing with robots, drones, and automation.
In 2021, the Robot Cluster will therefore move into Sønderborg Vækstråd. Director Michael Hamann views this as a big gain for the area. Two fulltime members of staff who have thorough knowledge of each business will be responsible for the work. The aim, according to Michael Hamann, is to create growth, employment and a wow-factor in Sønderborg and the surrounding area.
We need to have an edge which makes people think ‘Wow, it is all happening in Sønderborg, with regard to robotic and green development!’Michael Hamann, Director
Automation in Danfoss
Danfoss is always looking to realise the huge potential of automating stages of production. Thanks to the co-operation with the Robot Cluster in Odense, Danfoss will gain easier access to new solutions from innovative robot businesses.
Jacob Fredsted, Senior Vice President in Danfoss Power Electronic, is one of the people driving forward the robot projects. He says:
Close contact with businesses which develop robot technologies is a key factor in ensuring that a business like Danfoss can be at the forefront, and through this, increase its competitiveness. Leading the way with this technology, we can manufacture more effectively. We become more competitive, we win more market share and can scale up. This way it becomes a positive spiral, which means that we will need more people and generate more employment.Jakob Fredsted, Danfoss
Watch the film about the national Robot Cluster by clicking on the picture below: