Number of industrial robot installations - North America 2017-2022

The estimated amount of industrial robot installations is expected to rise from over 45,0000 units in 2017 to nearly 70,000 units in 2022. Currently, China strongly outpaces all other countries, ordering about 154,000 shipments in 2018 alone. In general, Asia/Australia is the region with the most robot installations.

Robots restructuring the workforce

South Korea is the country with the highest density of robot workers, with 710 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing sector. Employees across the world have voiced concern about the threat of being replaced by robots in the workforce; secretaries and bookkeepers are some positions that have been heavily affected by technological advancement such as robots.

Who makes these robots?

Companies such as ABB Group and Omron are among the leading makers of industrial robots. ABB group had revenue of over 28.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, though industrial automation was the least lucrative segment as electrification products brought in over 11 billion U.S. dollars in revenue. The Swiss company is one of the ten largest conglomerates worldwide.

Estimated annual industrial robot installations in North America from 2017 to 2022

Robot shipments in thousand units
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North America

Survey time period

2017 and 2018

Supplementary notes

The figures for 2019 through 2022 are projections.

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