Discrete and Process Automation

Where robots are at work

15 June 2024
Source: International Federation of Robotics

The global population of industrial robots is expanding quickly, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Over 550,000 industrial robot installations were realized in 2022 in factories worldwide for a 5.5% growth rate.

The largest market for these automatons is China, where over 290,000 industrial robotic units were installed in 2022. Robot installations in Japan were up by 9% to 50,413 units, ranking second to China in size of the industrial robot market. Annual installations gained 2% on average per year (2017 to 2022). Japan is the world´s predominant robot manufacturing country with a market share of 46% of the global robot production.

Source: International Federation of RoboticsSource: International Federation of Robotics

The European Union (EU) posted a 5% increase in 2022 with the deployment of 70,781 units while installations in the U.S. were up by 10% to 39,576 units. The main growth driver here was the automotive industry that displayed surging installations by +47%, followed by additions in the metal and machinery industry and the electrical/electronics industry.

Global robot installations are expected to grow by 7% to more than 590,000 units in 2023, followed by a slowdown in 2024 and accelerated growth thereafter.

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