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.