Global Sales of Industrial Robots Have Doubled Over the Past Five Years
Five major robot markets represented 73% of the total sales volume in 2017: China, Japan, South Korea, the U.S. and Germany.
The new “World Robotics Report” by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) shows that a record-high 381,000 units were shipped globally in 2017, representing an increase of 30% compared to the previous year. In addition, the annual sales volume of industrial robots has increased by 114% over the last five years (2013-2017). The sales value of $16.2 billion in 2017 increased by 21% compared to 2016.
Five major robot markets represented 73% of the total sales volume in 2017: China, Japan, South Korea, the U.S. and Germany. China has significantly expanded its leading position, with the strongest demand and a market share of 36% of the total supply in 2017. With sales of about 138,000 industrial robots (an increase of 59% compared to 2016), China’s sales volume was higher than the total sales volume of Europe and the Americas combined (112,400 units).
Japan’s manufacturers delivered 56% of the global supply in 2017, making the country the world’s number-one industrial robot manufacturer. The export rate increased by 45% in 2017 compared to the prior year.
The manufacturing industry of the Republic of Korea has by far the highest robot density in the world—more than eight times the global average amount. In 2017, however, robot supplies decreased by 4% to 39,732 units. The main driver of this reduction was the electrical/electronics industry, which reduced robot installations by 18% in 2017.
Robot installations in the U.S. continued to increase, reaching 33,192 units in 2017. This represents the seventh consecutive year of record growth for the region.
Germany is the fifth-largest robot market in the world and number-one in Europe. In 2017, the number of robots sold increased by 7% in Germany to 21,404 units (an all-time record), compared to 20,074 units in 2016.
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