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Friday, April 08, 2011

IFR expects growth for Industrial Robotics

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) reported a shipment of 115,000 industrial robots which means that the number of units sold worldwide almost doubled compared to the very weak year 2009.
The prospects for 2011 and beyond are promising as the robotics industry benefits from the increasing demand for automation especially in the Asian growing markets with China on the top. Before the natural disaster in Japan IFR expected a further increase of robot sales between 10% and 15%  in 2011 which would bring a new peak level of about 130,000 sold units within reach. Between 2012 and 2014 a moderate annual growth rate of 5% (in average) is more likely. A revised IFR prognosis that takes into account substantial earthquake effects on the Japanese economy expects that the growth rate for 2011 will be less than 15% and that the growth rate for 2012 will be above 5%. The shortage of energy in Japan and the partly destruction of production sites in certain areas of Japan will very likely lead to a shortage of components for robots for the Japanese market but also for the export markets. This will lead to a further prolongation of delivery times for robots.

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