Gap nar­rows with for­eign ro­bot mak­ers

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China is the lead­ing mar­ket for in­dus­trial ro­bots, ac­count­ing for a quar­ter of global sales, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Ro­bot­ics. But de­spite ef­forts by lead­ing Chi­nese ro­bot man­u­fac­tur­ers to build a pre­mium brand, most play­ers are still locked in low-end com­pe­ti­tion, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts.

“Though the do­mes­tic sci­en­tific com­mu­nity has been re­search­ing ro­bots for many years, the ro­bot in­dus­try is still in its in­fancy,” said Hao Yucheng, deputy di­rec­tor of the China Ro­bot In­dus­try Al­liance. “The bulk of en­ter­prises have no in­tel­lec­tual prop­er­ties, tal­ents, and cash. They are just en­ter­ing the sec­tor with en­thu­si­asm and do­ing repet­i­tive jobs like as­sem­bling ro­bots in­stead of mak­ing ro­bots.”


A tod­dler wear­ing Mon­key King head­gear walks in Bei­jing’s Tian’an­men Square un­der a clear blue sky on Mon­day, the first day of China’s Lu­nar New Year, or the Year of the Mon­key.

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