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Ratas: robotisation helps Estonian industry to develop further

14. March 2018 - 13:38

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 14 March 2018 – yesterday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas visited the Tallinn unit of electrical accessories manufacturer Ensto Ensek, where he met with the representatives of the company and recognised them for their investments into robotising production.

“The fourth industrial revolution is gathering momentum all across the world. Industries are increasingly engaged in big data analysis and the development of digital services, as well as implementing technologies that enable automated manufacturing. In order to increase productivity and remain competitive, our companies also need to take the lead, be ambitious and innovative,” emphasised Ratas at the meeting.

“Taking steps in the field of smart industry is inevitable. To move closer to achieving the main objective of Estonian economic policy – to increase productivity –, the largest step has to be taken in the industrial sector,” stressed the prime minister.

According to Peeter Mõrd, member of the management board of Ensto Ensek, recent experience of the company shows that in addition to automating production, adding value to products through digitalisation also plays a role. “Automating production is a natural step in the development of industry. However, if we want to extensively increase the added value offered to customers, we must add digital services to the products. This entails an important change in the business model of product development, in which the services added to products create smart solutions for customers. When talking about the digitalisation of Estonian industry, we must be open to new opportunities and know how to recognise those opportunities,” said Peeter Mõrd.

According to the prime minister, the low added value of the Estonian industrial sector in comparison with the average of the European Union is a challenge, but the state wants to support undertakings and is working on the bottlenecks hindering the faster development of the sector.

“For the first time ever, the more important activities of the area are mapped in the Green Paper on Industrial Policy. In cooperation with KredEx, we have renewed the terms and conditions of granting technology loans, which make it easier for undertakings to make capital-intensive investments and thereby, facilitate the creation of more added value. We are also supporting our companies in entering external markets,” said the prime minister about activities that increase productivity.

Ensto Ensek AS is a manufacturer of electrical equipment and accessories operating in Estonia and employing nearly 500 people. The production buildings of the company are located in Keila and Tallinn. Ensto Ensek has consistently contributed to automating production – the Tallinn factory includes two automated production lines and 24 industrial robots.

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