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An Exploration of the Industrial Robot Market…

The latest International Federation of Robotics figures show global sales of of Industrial Robots of US$16.5bn in 2018, with a total of 422,000 industrial robots shipped – up 6% compared to the previous year.

Interestingly, the report says ‘Germany is the fifth largest robot market in the world and number one in Europe, followed by Italy and France. In 2018, the number of robots sold increased by 26% to almost 27,000 units – a new all-time record. Installations are mainly driven by the automotive industry. ‘

So where’s the UK? Lagging behind is the answer…

Perhaps this is one reason the UK is lagging behind on productivity?

The good news is this means there’s plenty of room for growth in the UK market, both in new and used robots.

Turning now to where robots are being used, because I find this interesting……

Robot use by industry worldwide

The report says:

The automotive industry remains the largest adopter of robots globally with a share of almost 30%of the total supply (2018).

After a very strong 2017, which saw a 21% increase of installations, the level was maintained and slightly increased by 2% in 2018. Investments in new car production capacities and in modernisation have also driven the demand for robots.

The electrical/electronics industry was about to replace the automotive industry as the most important customer for industrial robots in 2017. However, in 2018, global demand for electronic devices and components substantially decreased. The sector is among the most vulnerable to on-going US-China trade friction as Asian countries are leaders in manufacturing electronic products and components.

Robot installations in this industry declined by 14% from their peak level of about 122,000 units in 2017 to 105,000 units in 2018.

The metal and machinery industry established itself as the third largest customer industry, with installations accounting for 10% of total demand in 2018.

If you work in the automotive, electrical/electronics, or metal and machinery sectors and would like to get into robots for the first time without breaking the bank, call or email us, we can help.

Click here to go to the report.


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