Poland: Industry on a wave of automation
And this is a shame, because in the budget outlook for the years 2014-2020, more funds than in previous years have been earmarked for the support of innovation in European economies – says Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak, president of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. – The process of automation of production is also supported by the Polish government, e.g. within the framework of Innovation and Economic Efficiency Strategy (Sieg) „Dynamic Poland 2020”.
Growing awareness of benefits
It should be assumed that openness to outside source of funding will gradually grow together with a change in the way of thinking of the entrepreneurs themselves. According to a report by the Gdańsk Institute for Market Economics, Polish managers increasingly perceive automation as a useful tool for increasing the efficiency of production processes, and companies which have already implemented such solutions generally (73%) intend to continue this line of development. Of these companies, 83% listed the main benefits of automation as an increase in production and production quality, 67% as a decrease in costs, and 54% as an increase in profitability and flexibility in the production process.
These opinions highlight the huge role of direct experience in the process of combating fears associated with the automation of production. The greatest of these fears concerned the necessity of cutting jobs.
Analogous fears were voiced during the implementation of the first computers – states Krzysztof Szubert, an expert of the Business Centre Club. – In fact, our real concern should be to model our education so that we ensure a steady supply of integrators and operators of industrial robots.