Gap narrows with foreign robot makers
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.