Implementation of a Program for SMEs robotisation

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Last modified: 19 August, 2020
Оригинални назив:

Genomföra ett program för ett robotlyft riktat till små och medelstora industriföretag

Енглески назив:

Investments in robotisation and automation for SMEs in manufacturing


Eligibility criteria are:

  • the company has at least two employees
  • the company needs external assistance to plan its automation investment
  • the company fits into the EU definition of SMEs (‘The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet totals not exceeding EUR 43 million’. Extract of Article 2 of the annexe to Recommendation 2003/361/EC)
  • the company has a sound financial standing
  • the company activity can be classified as manufacturing operations within the NACE codes C: 10, 11, 13 - 33 (except code 10.2 - fisheries and aquaculture)
  • the company has already carried out a pre-requisite study (free support offered by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth)

The target group consists of 4,500 SMEs within the manufacturing sector.

Main characteristics

The programme Robot Lift is a part of the new industrialisation strategy in Sweden called Smart Industry. The programme is ongoing from 2018 to 2021 and has the main purpose of supporting automatisation in SMEs. It does so by contributing to increased competence in using investment in automation solutions. 

The programme is further divided into five offers:

  • knowledge transfer meetings about automation
  • prerequisite study
  • support when applying for automation checks
  • automation checks 
  • education in ordering automation solutions

The automation checks are a direct financing offer to SMEs. The automation checks can be used by SMEs to financial services that would enable their business to move forward with investments in automation solutions. Automation checks should lead to increasing a company's competitiveness through increased competence in using and investing in automation solutions and developing innovative concepts to succeed. Automation checks should allow a company the opportunity to bring in external expertise, which can be used to:

  • Prepare an investment in automation
  • Improve customer competence of future-proof automation solutions
  • Reduce the technical and financial risks of investing in modern automation technology
  • Increase awareness of how automation and robotisation can help to strengthen the company's development
  • Further training personnel for conversion to automation

The automation checks must not be used for direct investments in robots or software but should reduce the technical and/or financial risk to facilitate future investments. The overall goal is to increase automation maturity and create new value in the company. The company must have a long-term idea of how to develop its operations and how automation and robotics can contribute to this.

The call for 'automation checks' is open until 30 June 2021. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis as long as money is available. The final date for final reporting of completed projects is 31 October 2021.

The application must contain a quote by the consultant or firm supporting the company and a project description according to the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth call for applications.

A company's project that is part-financed by an automation check can last up to six months and a final report must be provided to the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth within two months of the project's conclusion.

Overall budget: €10,669,000; €1,939,000 (2018), €2,910,000 annually (2019-2021).

An automation check maximum value amounts to SEK 150,000 (€13,607.21 as of 26 March 2020). The grant can cover up to 50% of the automation check. If the company has between 2 and 49 workers, it can cover up to 75%.


  • National funds

Involved actors

National government
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket)


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