Sales of industrial robots will double by 2018

Robots-Fanuc-chez-BicThe industrial robot continues its breakthrough in the world of business. The IFR (International Federation of Robotics) has published its latest figures and they are impressive. The market weighed $ 32 billion in 2014 (including services), and experts expect an annual growth of 15% until 2018, doubling the market. It will reach the 400,000 units sold per year. Unsurprisingly, it is the Chinese enterprises, Japanese, American, Korean and German who will represent the bulk of sales. These 5 countries now absorb 70% of global production of industrial robots.

The boom of robotics in China remains strong

The development of robot sales in the 5 largest global markets.

The development of robot sales in the 5 largest global markets. (Source: IFR 2015)

The latest figures from the IFR like the previous show exploding robots sales in China which boost literally the world market. The gap between Asia and the US and Europe continues to widen dramatically. In 2014, sales of industrial robots increased by 56% in China to more than 55,000 units. The most since the robot exists! While they say the Chinese economy in sharp deceleration, experts believe that this trend will continue regardless. One reason for this: the blatant under-equipment of Chinese manufacturers. They have 36 robots per 10,000 employees. The world average is 66, Germany 292, the US champion at 164. The companies in the world are not Japanese but Korean with 478 robots per 10,000 employees.

While the growth of the Chinese market reached 56% in 2014, it was only 17% for Japan, 10% for Germany., The fifth major countries that bought 20,000 industrial robots in 2014. Behind it is Taiwan, with just under 7,000 robots, Italy, Thailand and finally France that after a fall in 2013, has still not reached the level of 2011, ie 3,000 robots.

The automotive industry remains the largest consumer of industrial robots

sl_plastics_02Side industrial, automotive remains the largest consumer of industrial robots. Automakers have installed new 100,000 in 2014 (+ 43%). Investments many manufacturers in China probably explains much of this explosion. Another fond sector robots, electrical / electronics industry grew by 34%. For the expert, the approach “Industry 4.0” with the simplest to program robots, robots capable of collaborating with the human and the arrival of mobile robots will broaden the applications of robots in the companies and thus ensure industry growth for many years to come.

Translation : Google Translate

Source : “World Robotics Survey: Industrial robots are conquering the world”, IFR press release, September 30, 2015

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