MUNICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With around 1.8 million industrial robots, the number of robots has reached a new record in factories around the world. Workers around the world rate the fact that "colleague robots" can take over work that is detrimental to health or handle hazardous materials positively (64 percent on average). However, employees are worried about how their own training can keep up with the pace of the working world 4.0. These are the findings of the automatica Trend Index 2018. 7,000 employees in the USA, Asia and Europe in a representative survey of the population were interviewed by a market research institute on behalf of automatica, the world's leading trade fair for robotics and automation.
When it comes to their own country, only about one in four employees is convinced that training and development already plays a key role in the workplace of the future. This new collaboration with robots is regarded by the majority of all seven countries (average 68 percent) as an opportunity to master higher-skilled work. Particularly in China (86 percent) and in the USA (74 percent), people expect that robotics automation will provide added impetus to further their vocational training.
Based on school grades, the maturity level in training and development for the digital workplace of the future has so far fallen far short of employee expectations: with a grade of good or very good, the current offering of one's own employer is not even rated by one in four respondents (on average 23 percent).
automatica 2018 shows rapid development to work 4.0
"As the survey shows, employees want more consistent commitments from politicians, industry and science as regards training and development for work 4.0," says Falk Senger, managing director of technology fairs at Messe München. "At the same time, the technological development of intelligent automation and robotics is advancing at a tremendous pace. All aspects of this development will be showcased at the automatica 2018 in Munich from 19 to 22 June. "
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"automatica trend index 2018"
For the 2018 automatica trend index, a total of 7,000 employees were interviewed in a representative survey of the population: US, CN,JP,UK,GER,FR,IT