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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

$ 25 Billion Global Robot Sales in 2009

According to new statistics from International Federation of Robotics, IFR, the total value of the global robotics market up to the end 2009 was about $ 25 billion. The value of the 60.000 industrial robots sold in 2009, a decline of 47%, including software, peripherals and system engineering is estimated to $ 12 billion.

The value of the 76,000 professional service robots sold in 2009 is estimated to  $13.2 billion. Defense applications with 23,200 units, accounted for 30% of the total number of service robots for professional use sold up to the end of 2009. Thereafter follow field robots (mainly milking robots) with 25%, cleaning robots and medical robots with 8% each and underwater systems with 7%. Construction and demolition robots and mobile robot platforms for general use (6%, each) logistic systems (5%) and rescue and security applications (4%) come in the next ranges. Minor installation numbers were counted for inspection systems and public relation robots.

About 5.6 million service robots for domestic use and about 3.1 million units for entertainment and leisure were sold up to end of 2009

Projections for the period 2010-2013
A strong recovery of worldwide robot installations in 2010 will result in an increase of about 27% or about 76,000 units. IFR estimates 102,200 installations in 2013. 

The stock of service robots for professional use is forecast to increase to some 80,000 units. Application areas with strong growth are defence, rescue and security applications, field robots, logistic systems, inspection robots, medical robots and mobile robot platforms for multiple use.

About 11.4 million units of service robots for personal use to be sold. It is projected that sales of all types of domestic robots (vacuum cleaning, lawn-mowing, window cleaning and other types) in the period 2010-2013 could reach some 6.7 million units. The market for entertainment and leisure robots, which includes toy robots, is forecast at about 4.6 million units, most of which, of course, are very low cost.

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