Industrial Robots - Statistics & Facts

Industrial Robots - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and Facts about the Global Market for Industrial Robots

Worldwide shipments of industrial robots came to 240,000 units in 2015, up from around 159,000 in 2012. The tremendous growth in sales is largely driven by the automotive sector. Consequently, the robot density is particularly high in countries with a strong automotive industry. In Japan, there are 1,562 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 (IIoT) 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, at the same time, 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.

Photo: Wikimedia/cc, Alexei Gromyko

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