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Thursday, August 30, 2012

All Time High Robot Market 2011: $25.5 billion

2011 was the most successful year for industrial robots since 1961, according to latest statistics from the International Federation of Robotics, IFR. Robot supplies increased by 38% to 166,028 units, by far the highest level ever recorded for one year. The value of sales surged by 46% to US$8.5 billion, a new record. Including the cost of software, peripherals and systems engineering the actual worldwide market value for robotic systems in 2011 is estimated to be $25.5 billion.
In 2011, Japan was again the biggest robot market in the world. Robot supplies to Japan continued to recover and increased by 27% to almost 28,000 units. The automotive industry and most of all other sectors were increasing robot investments above average. Robot sales increased by 9% to 25,500 units in the Republic of Korea. After the huge investments of the electrical/electronics industry in 2010 - when Korea had topped the list - the increase was only moderately in 2011. In the United States robot shipments increased by 43% to a new peak level of 20,555 units in 2011 compared to 2010. The necessary modernization of the production facilities in the United States is gaining momentum. In 2011, 22,600 industrial robots were sold to the People?s Republic of China, 51% more than in 2010.
19,500 new industrial robots were supplied to Germany, the biggest robot market in Europe - 39% more than in 2010. After the strong recovery in 2010, this is by far the highest number ever recorded for one year and it is about 45% of the total supply to Europe. The automotive industry, food and beverage industry and the metal and machinery industry increased robot orders above average.

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