A Statista DossierPlus on the global robotics market and application areas

Robotics Automation is getting off the starting blocks to considerably influence today's working environment. Smart factories are more than visions for the future. In 2017 already, more than 700 robots were installed per 10,000 workers in the manufacturing sector in Korea. But robotics affects all other aspects of life as well, as, for example, convenience robots and medical robots gain importance.

A multitude of sources, ranging from industry associations to market research companies, were used to set up a proprietary market model to forecast the mid-term development for the robotics market. Starting year for the robotics market analysis is 2017, with a forecast until 2021.​

Starting with the influence automation and robotics have on economic growth and productivity, this DossierPlus analyzes the robotics market as a whole. It takes an in-depth look at the industrial robotics market as well as the service robotics market, broken down into commercial sales and personal sales.

The robotics industry can be divided into industrial and service robotics, with the industrial market being almost twice as big as the service market. Industrial robots are defined by their use in a manufacturing environment. Service robots are divided into commercial and personal robotics: Commercial service robots are used to perform a service in an industrial environment, while personal service robots are deployed in private households.

The vision of smart factories causes a high market growth in industrial robotics. The key markets and drivers of this robotics subsegment can be found in five countries, which are expected to defend their leadership during the forecast period. The sales value of new industrial robot installations is analyzed by application area, such as electronics and automotive, with a focus on the most important countries.

Main advantages of smart factories are flexible production, optimized logistics, customer focused solutions, intelligent use of data, and a resource saving cycle economy. Numerous industrial robots are already in use to achieve this vision. However, according to many industry experts, the future lies in the collaboration of humans and robots, so-called cobots.

Not only factories can be smart, but the entire infrastructure, both in companies and in households. Service robots gain importance in professional as well as private settings as they offer increasing productivity and convenience. The sales value of service robots is analyzed by application area, such as logistics and medical robots as commercial service robots and robots for domestic tasks as private service robots, with a focus on continents.

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