kvs wrote:What is your basis for assuming that robotics is an issue for Russia.
Where is the assumption in my question? How did you arrive at this conclusion?
All that I asked is how should Russian startups start a business of Robotic Manufacturing.
Like every other company, come up with a prototype to seek out investments.
Automation and machine tooling companies already exist. I believe it was NAPO (Su-34 makers) and Kamaz along with some small companies order custom made machines to help automate production.
Robotics is a broad term used for manufacturing. Robotics can also mean machines to wrap pallets and or moving food products around to even making it along a line. This all exists in Russia for a long time. Just like it existed in the United States for a long time. It was actually China that is more recently leading to Automation due to average Chinese wages going way higher than they expected and so instead of using their own people as robots, they just use robots.
Some of course of Russia's automated equipment is imported from Germany and China. Most now are made in Russia either through their own engineering companies and machine tool companies, to screw driver assembly with very slow localization. Actually, Russia is now becoming a huge market for localization and assembly only because after the FOREX drop of the Ruble, Russia became cheaper for countries like even China to move production.
I guess the biggest automation that is an existing product since the cold war is auto CNC machines. US was much ahead in that area over soviet union as seen from the companies in the 80's and then 90's. But now, Russian brands along with Japanese, German and Chinese brands are assembling or manufacturing as a whole in Russia now, which gives them lots of options.
Your question is rather broad and very hard to answer. I don't believe any small company is involved in manufacturing automated stuff. It is a very expensive adventure. Engineering companies are small I guess you can say but they do not actually manufacture automation equipment. They design it, they seek out parts and or other companies that can make specialized one time order, and then they assemble it at the factory/manufacturer that ordered it. It is a lucrative business as you only really have to have designers/engineers and people sourcing parts so the overhead is very low for these companies. But due to the nature of the manufacturers being mostly specialized in something very specific, you wont make the equipment en mass. Only ones would be for agriculture organization like the milking stations.