Indonesia's Manufacturers Stand to Realise Higher Productivity with Cobots: UR

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 17 May 2021 14:36 WIB
    Indonesia's Manufacturers Stand to Realise Higher Productivity with Cobots: UR
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    Jakarta: Universal Robots (UR), Denmark-based collaborative robots (cobots) technology market leader, has advised Indonesia’s manufacturing industry leaders to implement cobots as an effective solution to address skills and labour shortage as well as achieve higher productivity.

    The manufacturing industry sector in Indonesia contributes to a percentage of 19.87 percent in the national gross domestic product (GDP) during the second quarter of 2020. 


    Although the sector was negatively affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shrank to 4.31 percent on an annual basis (year-on-year / yoy) in the July - September 2020 period, but in the first quarter this year, the country’s non-oil and gas processing industry progressed toward economic recovery. 

    According to IHS Market, Indonesia marks the highest record of Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in the past 10 years since the launch of the survey back in 2011. 

    With a rise of 2.3 points from 50.9 in February 2021, Indonesia reflected 53.2 points in March 2021.
    In the ASEAN region, Indonesia has recorded the best performance in the last five months. 

    The government has also provided various stimuli, ensuring that the manufacturing sector develops rapidly and continues to reflect positive growth. 

    According to Collaborative Robot Market by Payload, Component, Application, Industry, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2026 report by Markets and Markets, cobots are increasingly being adopted by various industries due to advantages such as increased productivity and effective employee utilisation. 

    The market is expected to reach US$7,972 million by 2026 at a CAGR of 41.8%. 

    Cobots’ market in APAC is also expected to surpass that in Europe by 2021 due to large scale manufacturing industries especially automotive, electronics, and metals sectors which are increasingly deploying cobots.

    The use of robotics technology has shown great benefits to manufacturers in Indonesia and further aid the local government in its vision to build Industry 4.0. 

    Indonesia’s manufacturing industry stands to benefit most from robotics due to its ability in completing repetitive tasks in confined and structured spaces. 

    Cobots can work around the clock to produce consistent work under working conditions that require high intensity without rest. 
    Indonesia has great potential in implementing collaborative automation in the domestic industry, but its use remains fairly limited. 

    For every 10,000 employees, Indonesia has 440 industrial manufacturing robots, which is lower than the regional average with China and South Korea notching a high 732 and 2589 robots per 10,000 employees, respectively in 2019. 

    Today, UR’s cobots allow employees to move from repetitive, low-value tasks to higher value activities that increase work productivity and quality. 

    "Ever since the term 'Collaborative Robotics' was coined, we have been the frontrunners in the robotics industry. We have also marked an entire decade since the very first cobot from Universal Robots was deployed in South Asia. Safety is imperative and has become the cost of entry into the cobot market now. UR believes in developing affordable, lightweight, and flexible cobots that could deliver a rapid ROI for the manufacturing industry," says James McKew, Regional Director of Asia-Pacific in Universal Robots, in a press release on Monday.

    With an average payback period as short as twelve months due to increased productivity, quality, and consistency, manufacturers from Indonesia may foresee a return of investment (ROI) before year-end or early 2022.


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