Economic aid to support robotization projects

Economic aid to support robotization projects

The robotization and automation of production plants is a fundamental step for the economic growth of France and for corporate competitiveness; for this reason the French state has also made aid and subsidies available to facilitate this transition.

So let's see what government allocations are at national level.

The super-depreciation 

The super depreciation allows you to tax deduction, up to 40%, of the original value of an investment. 

It therefore reduces the tax result and is spread over the time period of use of the purchased asset. 

This additional amortization of 40% is reserved for SMEs with fewer than 250 employees, or with an annual turnover of less than 50 million euros. 

Even companies whose financial statements do not exceed 43 million euros can benefit from it. 

Super depreciation is reserved for investments in the field of robotics and digitalization, such as: 

  • robots and cobots
  • instrumentation for additive manufacturing
  • physical sensors intended for data collection in the production plant
  • programmable production machinery
  • augmented reality or virtual reality equipment to support product development. 

DDFIP, an extraordinary deduction for robotization and digital transformation investments

This deduction is still intended for SMEs that make investments in robotics and digitalization for their business. 

This is a deduction from the taxable amount of 40% on the original value of the asset included in the real estate assets of the balance sheet. 

The criteria for accessing it, as well as the assets involved in the deduction, are the same as for super-depreciation. 

The SME Robot Start Program

The ROBOT Start PME program is a support for all those SMEs that still do not even have a robotic system in the company. 

This program finances 10% of the total investment and accompanies SMEs towards transformation with the support of an expert who deals with diagnostics, project definition ... 

The program, lasting two and a half years, will help 250 companies thanks to the Investment Fund for the Future.

The whole project develops around three fundamental phases, such as:

  • diagnostics and study of opportunities
  • feasibility study
  • definitive project and support in the choice of suppliers.

To access this type of financial support, the company must be an SME based on French territory; moreover, it must not have any industrial robots, not even in use. 

Additionally, you will need to sign a contract with SATIN for all phases of initial analysis and receive positive feedback from the Orientation Committee in order to proceed.

The French Fab loan

The loan French Fab - Technologies and usages du futur de Bpifrance supports SMEs and medium-sized companies in the modernization and digitization of their production plants. 

All sectors are involved, even if industry has priority, with the aim of making companies more competitive and productive thanks to the adoption of new tools and technological integrations. 

The funds available for this project are between 100.000 and 5 million euros and are part of the investment measures “Program Investissements d'Avenir (PIA)”. 

Investments can be allocated to investments for the acquisition and use of technologies to improve production in terms of costs, quality, efficiency. 

Companies with at least three years of life and with less than 5000 employees can access the funds. Its annual turnover must be less than 1500 million euros and it must be economically stable.

The loan for industry automation and robotization

This type of loan bears the costs for tangible but also intangible investments that go into the production process to automate it. 

This includes manipulator robots and 3D printers, but also machine vision systems and sensors for data collection, as well as conveyor robots. 

The loan ranges from € 0,1 to € 5 million and will be repaid over 7 years with the first two-year repayment in principal. 

In order to obtain these benefits, companies must be at least three years old and have good financial stability: all tax obligations must in fact be completed.