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Industrial robots - statistics & facts

Over the past decade, the global sales volume of industrial robots tripled, peaking at around 422,000 units in 2018, before declining by 12 percent to around 373,000 units in 2019. The tremendous growth in worldwide shipments of industrial robots is largely driven by the automotive sector, which accounted for almost a third of new installations in 2019. Consequently, the prevalence of industrial robots is particularly high in countries with a strong automotive sector, namely Japan, China, the United States, South Korea, and Germany. In South Korea, there are over 850 robots per 10,000 manufacturing employees. In the automotive sector, however, this figure exceeds 2,000 installations per 10,000 employees.

Rising demand for industrial robots

The ongoing transformation of traditional manufacturing into Industry 4.0 requires constant innovation and the increasing adoption of cyber-physical systems and automation. The demand for industrial robots is thus expected to grow consistently in the coming years, in tandem with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market. The main drivers of this growing demand are falling costs of industrial robots and rising wages in China and other emerging markets, which will encourage companies based in industrialized countries to move production back to domestic shores. The IIoT revolution is expected to drive consolidation in the automation industry and, concurrently, a growing number of companies in traditional sectors are at a crossroads and are forced to make strategic decisions about automating their facilities.

Types of robots

The most deployed type of robots in the manufacturing sector include gantry robots, which move along a single axis, and SCARA robots, which are capable of moving along three axes. Among the newest types of robots, both exoskeletons and collaborative robots are designed to work in close proximity to humans. While exoskeletons are attached to human bodies to give wearers increased strength, allowing them to carry heavy loads, collaborative robots share a workspace with human workers and help them with tasks that are better suited for robots, such as screwdriving or quality inspection.

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Industrial robots - statistics & facts

Over the past decade, the global sales volume of industrial robots tripled, peaking at around 422,000 units in 2018, before declining by 12 percent to around 373,000 units in 2019. The tremendous growth in worldwide shipments of industrial robots is largely driven by the automotive sector, which accounted for almost a third of new installations in 2019. Consequently, the prevalence of industrial robots is particularly high in countries with a strong automotive sector, namely Japan, China, the United States, South Korea, and Germany. In South Korea, there are over 850 robots per 10,000 manufacturing employees. In the automotive sector, however, this figure exceeds 2,000 installations per 10,000 employees.

Rising demand for industrial robots

The ongoing transformation of traditional manufacturing into Industry 4.0 requires constant innovation and the increasing adoption of cyber-physical systems and automation. The demand for industrial robots is thus expected to grow consistently in the coming years, in tandem with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market. The main drivers of this growing demand are falling costs of industrial robots and rising wages in China and other emerging markets, which will encourage companies based in industrialized countries to move production back to domestic shores. The IIoT revolution is expected to drive consolidation in the automation industry and, concurrently, a growing number of companies in traditional sectors are at a crossroads and are forced to make strategic decisions about automating their facilities.

Types of robots

The most deployed type of robots in the manufacturing sector include gantry robots, which move along a single axis, and SCARA robots, which are capable of moving along three axes. Among the newest types of robots, both exoskeletons and collaborative robots are designed to work in close proximity to humans. While exoskeletons are attached to human bodies to give wearers increased strength, allowing them to carry heavy loads, collaborative robots share a workspace with human workers and help them with tasks that are better suited for robots, such as screwdriving or quality inspection.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Industrial robots worldwide".

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