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5.11.2020

Industrial Robots number grew 12% in 2020

12% more robots operating in factories around the world - according to new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report, demand for new units is still in steady double digit growing trend reaching close to 3 mln units worldwide

The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report shows a record of 2.7 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world – an increase of 12%. Sales of new robots remain on a high level with 373,000 units shipped globally in 2019. This is 12% less compared to 2018, but still the 3rd highest sales volume ever recorded.

“In addition to that, the consequences from the coronavirus pandemic for the global economy cannot be fully assessed yet,” proceeds Milton Guerry. But it will take a few months until this translates into automation projects and robot demand. 2021 will see recovery, but it may take until 2022 or 2023 to reach the pre-crisis level.” – says Milton Guerry, President of the International Federation of Robotics

Poland for the first time got on the list of 15 biggest industrial robots market with 2600 new installed units. This is a good prognostic. Many FIDES engineering customers should start building their robotics masterplans and assess economical breakpoint for robotic applications. FIDES engineers can help you build this plan together. Contact us: fides@fides-eng.com

Long-run perspectives for robotics remain excellent:

  • There are still many “4d” (dull, dirty, dangerous and/or delicate) tasks that could be done by robots, improving worker health, safety and job satisfaction.
  • Ageing societies will feel additional need to relieve employees from physical tasks.
  • Technological development will further increase the ROI in robots.
  • Matrix production layouts use robots for automatic workpiece transportation.
  • Modern robots support a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Human-robot collaborative applications will complement traditional robotics.
  • “Plug and play” system integration makes deployment easier (e.g. through OPC-UA).
  • Ease of programming (e.g. through demonstration) makes redeployment easier

We can help to address them together.

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