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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Record Industrial Robot Sales 2011

International Robotics Federation, IFR, estimates sales of industrial robots in 2011 has increased by 30 percent to about 150,000 units. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President, said  investments in robot automation again surged in all regions. Robot suppliers reported a considerable increase of demand from automotive and general industry. 
German Kuka Robotics reports a 40 percent sales increase in 2011 for the robotics division. China was the most rapidly growing robot market. In 2011, the demand increased  considerably among all manufacturing industries after 2010 when the automotive industry was the main driver of the growth. Global mega trends like sustainability, increasing industrialization and the demographic shift will boost the robotics industry in the next years. 
The Chinese robot market is currently growing at an annual rate of about 30 percent with the automotive industry as the main driver. China will take the lead among industrialized countries with projected sales of 30.000 units in 2014. Kuka  plans to expand its robot assembly facilities in China to increase capacity to 5000 units before the end of 2012.

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