[robotics-worldwide] [news] Latest industrial/service robot statistics (2017) and forecast
A new record high of 381,000 units of INDUSTRIAL robots were shipped globally in 2017 – an increase of 30 % compared to the previous year and a new peak for the fifth year in a row. This means that the annual sales volume of industrial robots increased by 114% over the last five years (2013-2017).
The main drivers of this exceptional growth in 2017 were the metal industry (+55%) and electrical/electronics industry (+33%). Robot sales in the automotive
industry increased by 22% and remained still the major customer of industrial robots with a share of 33% of the total supply in 2017. The electrical/electronics industry has been catching up, especially since 2015. In 2017, it reached almost the same share of total supply (32%).
Sales value of SERVICE robots for PROFESSIONAL use increased by 39% to US$6.6 billion. The total number sold in this robot category rose by 85% (2017). Logistic systems show the strongest demand, accounting for 63% of the total units and 36% of the total sales (in value) of professional service robots. Main applications are: logistic systems, defense applications, public relation robots, field robots (milking robots) and medical robots.
At the same time the market for PERSONAL service robots, which assist or entertain humans in their everyday lives, is progressing rapidly. Value was up by 27% to US$2.1 billion. The total number increased by 25% to about 8.5 million units in 2017.
Prospects for service robots remain very positive, as it is also a primary field for start-ups.
Division Director Intelligent Automation and Clean Manufacturing
Head of Department Robot and Assistive Systems
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
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