Germany reports record sales of machine vision systems

From Henry Tipping in Stuttgart With the German machine vision industry having achieved record sales of €2 billion in 2015 – a rise of 9 percent compared to the previous year – the VDMA, Germany’s industrial association, has forecast a further rise of 8 percent to €2.2 billion in 2016. Dr Horst Heinol-Heikknen, Member of the Board of VDMA Machine Vision, recently presented its latest forecast at a conference in Stuttgart and emphasized that “enabling machines and robots to practically ‘see’ is revolutionising automation around the globe”. The automotive sector has led the majority of this growth, but non-industrial applications included significant growth in intelligent traffic systems helping to enable smart connected cities. Heinol-Heikknen attributed the strength of the market to advances in machine vision such as 3D imaging and…

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