Thursday, March 01, 2007
Last year new robot orders in North America fell 30 percent according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association, RIA. The automotive industry has traditionally been and remains the largest customer for robotics, but the crisis in GM, FORD and Chrysler has heavy impact on future robot sales to the whole supply chain. The downtown in auto industry was compensated by increase in new markets such as beverages and tobacco, apparel, wood products, paper manufacturing, printing, machinery manufacturing, and furniture. Non-automotive orders accounted for 44% of total orders in 2006.