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Thursday, June 10, 2010

World Robotics 2010

According to preliminary data from IFR worldwide supply of industrial robots 2009 slumped dramatically by about 45% compared to 2008, one of the most successful years. But in the first quarter 2010 the sales skyrocketed worldwide by more than 50% compared to the first quarter 2009.

Japan, was faced with a decrease of 57% compared to 2008. About 14,000 industrial robots were sold, less than half of the average number of units sold yearly between 2005 and 2008 (about 37,000 units). The other big robot markets, Germany and North America fell by 44% and 48%, respectively. These three countries represented 50% of the annual worldwide robot sales in 2009.

Even the growing robot markets were down. China, the fastest growing market up to 2008, bought 31% less robots in 2009 compared to 2008. Also, the robot shipments to ASEAN countries, India, the Central and Eastern European countries and Brazil were down.

But IFR President Åke Lindqvist is optimistic and predicts annual worldwide sales of almost 100,000 industrial robots by 2013. He is convinced that "manufacturing companies must automate and use robotics to stay competitive – or die.”

The International Federation of Robotics, IFR, is one of the primary resources for world-wide robot industry data. IFR has 50 members representing the global robotics industry including robot suppliers, integrators, R&D institutes and national robot associations with a proposed robotics turnover 2008 of $19 billion.

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