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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

US$ 26 Million to Promote Korean Service Robotics in 2011

The Korean Government continues to push Robot Industry forward targeting Korea's global robot market share from the current 10 percent to as much as 20 percent by 2018. The Ministry of Knowledge and Economy (MKE) has announced the service robot industry promotional plan which consists of 10 tasks to support overseas market entry, upgrade robot technologies and discover sectors with a great growth potential. The MKE will invest US$ 26 Million (KRW 30 billion) in 2011 and handpick 10 key areas to speed up overseas market entry by Korean robot makers. The promotional plan also contains market-specific export strategies to boost robot exports, for instance, surveillance robots will be mainly developed and exported to the Middle East, robot maids for the elderly to the US and the EU, and cleaning robots to China and Southeast Asian nations.
Infonaut/GRB: South Korean Service Robotics Industry 2010 (click image to enlarge)
South Korea aims also to take a lead in development of standards for the robot convergence sector and within the Best 8 Project promising robot products will be supported to gain technological competitiveness. The Korean robot industry's competitiveness will also be ramped up by pushing for joint R&D projects with advanced research institutions in the US, Japan and Germany.
So-called robot-meister high schools will be designated and more robot R&D centers will be built at universities. Robot experience centers will be run on a continuing basis and best robot contests will be held.

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