May 4, 2022
Three of the largest robotics clusters in the U.S. have joined to form the United States Alliance of Robotics Clusters (USARC), which aims to support the development, commercialization and scaling of robotics through collaborating with government and industry stakeholders.
Members include MassRobotics, based in Boston, the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, and Silicon Valley Robotics. The groups said USARC will develop and drive U.S. robotics mandates to deliver:
- Increased collaboration and communication across U.S. robotics clusters;
- Enhanced support and success for stakeholders and startups;
- Focused advocacy for the robotics and artificial intelligence industries.
“The development, commercialization and scaling of robotics technologies, software, hardware, systems and components is accelerating rapidly, and the vision of using robotics and automation to bring meaningful solutions to previously unsolvable challenges is a reality,” said Tom Ryden, executive director of MassRobotics. “USARC will amplify the collective voice of our industry, innovative startups, partners and stakeholders with a goal of securing ever-increasing engagement with academia, government and industry to support U.S. robotics leadership.”
The group also said it has a goal of helping to meet U.N. sustainable development goals, and members will support:
- Sustainability through robotics applications, including agritech, energy efficiency, recycling and climate change;
- Revitalization of local industry and economic development through the growth of robotics clusters;
- Onshoring more robotics and AI businesses and initiatives.
“The robotics industry is perfectly positioned, with the right governmental support, to help meet U.S. Sustainable Development Goals,” said Joel Reed, executive director of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network (pictured, right). “We’re facing issues like an aging population, lack of access to arable land and clean water, and climate change resulting from inefficient energy production and utilization. Robotic technologies are addressing these issues with great success and contributing to a healthier society – and we can do much more with a unified approach.”
USARC said robotics and automation investment in the U.S. exceeded $20 billion, representing 60% of the global investment total. In addition, 28% of investment deals are going to U.S.-based early-stage companies. All of the robotics clusters within the USARC has seen tenfold or better growth over the last decade, based on the number of companies belonging to the cluster.
“The role of robotics cluster organizations must grow to keep pace with rapid expansion of robotics in the U.S.,” said Andra Keay, managing director of SIlicon Valley Robotics. “Our organizations have always worked together informally, but are now collaborating strategically to increase U.S. economic productivity and sustainability.”
The USARC said it will showcase robotics at the Industry and Entrepreneurship Forums during the upcoming iCRA 2022 event, held in Philadelphia May 23-28, 2022. For more details on the group, visit the USARC website here.