Industrial Robots - Statistics & Facts

Worldwide shipments of industrial robots came to around 387,000 units in 2017, up significantly from around 294,000 in the previous year. The tremendous growth in sales is largely driven by the automotive sector, which accounted for over 125,000 new installations in 2017. Consequently, the robot density is particularly high in countries with a strong automotive industry. In Japan, there are 1,240 industrial robots installed per 10,000 automotive employees.

Due to rising wages in emerging markets, the use of a robot workforce is expected to encourage companies based in industrialized countries to move production back to domestic shores.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is expected to drive consolidation in the automation industry, as Asian investors are beginning to increase outbound merger and acquisition (M&A) deals and, concurrently, a growing number of companies in traditional sectors are at a crossroads and are forced to make strategic decisions. In 2016, China's Midea Group has disclosed a takeover bid for Germany's KUKA; the company's largest shareholder is Voith GmbH, which owns about 25 percent of KUKA's stock. In 2015, the highest level of M&A activity in the industrial sector could be attributed to PLM and System Integrators.



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