The Rise Of The Ma­chines

Across the world, the pace of in­dus­trial au­to­ma­tion is steadily ac­cel­er­at­ing. Ro­bots aren't on their way—they have fully ar­rived.

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By 2021, the pro­jected in­dus­trial ro­bot de­mand in North Amer­ica will be worth $9 bil­lion. How­ever, it is South Korea that is lead­ing with the high­est ro­bot den­sity glob­ally, ow­ing to its strong au­to­mo­tive and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries. Sup­ply­ing this de­mand­ing mar­ket is Ja­pan. With man­u­fac­tur­ers de­liv­er­ing 56% of the global sup­ply, Ja­pan stands as the world's num­ber one in­dus­trial ro­bot man­u­fac­turer.

North Amer­ica, Ger­many and China were also tar­get ex­port des­ti­na­tions. China has sig­nif­i­cantly ex­panded its lead­ing po­si­tion with the strong­est de­mand and a mar­ket share of 36% of the to­tal sup­ply. With sales of about 138,000 in­dus­trial ro­bots, China's sales vol­ume was higher than the to­tal sales vol­ume of Europe and the Americas com­bined—112,400 units in 2017.

By in­dus­try, the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor re­mains the largest adopter of ro­bots world­wide, with a share of 33% of to­tal sup­ply. The man­u­fac­tur­ing of pas­sen­ger cars has be­come in­creas­ingly com­plex over the last decade and com­pa­nies also have the chal­lenge of meet­ing 2030 cli­mate tar­gets, re­quir­ing a larger pro­por­tion of new cars to be low and zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles. The elec­tron­ics in­dus­try isn't far be­hind, ac­count­ing for a share of 32% of to­tal sup­ply. The ex­pand­ing range of smart de­vices and vi­sion tech­nolo­gies is ex­tend­ing the range of tasks that ro­bots can per­form in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of elec­tronic prod­ucts, ul­ti­mately in­creas­ing de­mand to au­to­mate pro­duc­tion.

South Korea, North Amer­ica, Europe, Ger­many, China— high­est ex­port des­ti­na­tions

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