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Manufacturing robot market to rise 40% in three years

February 16, 2021   Don Horne

Robotics play a huge role in the manufacturing landscape, and according to data presented by AksjeBloggen.com, the global market value of conventional and advanced robotics in the manufacturing industry is expected to hit (US)$18.6 billion in 2021, a 40 per cent increase in three years.

Robots have numerous roles in manufacturing. They are mainly used for high-volume, repetitive processes where their speed and accuracy offer tremendous advantages. Other manufacturing automation solutions include robots used to help people with more complex tasks, like lifting, holding, and moving heavy pieces.

Companies turn to robotics process automation to cut manufacturing costs, solve the shortage of skilled labor and keep their cost advantage in the market.

In 2018, the global market value of conventional and advanced robotics in the manufacturing industry amounted to (US)$13.2 billion, revealed the BCG survey. In 2019, this figure rose to (US)$14.8 billion and continued growing. Statistics show the market value of manufacturing robots hit (US)$16.6 billion in 2020. This figure is expected to jump by (US)$2 billion and hit (US)$18.6 billion in 2021.


Conventional robots, like giant industrial robots used in the car industry, are set to reach (US)$14.9 billion value this year, up from (US)$12 billion in 2018.

The market value of advanced manufacturing robots, which have a superior perception, adaptability, and mobility, tripled in the last three years and is expected to hit (US)$3.7 billion in 2021. Combined with big data analytics, advanced manufacturing robots allow companies to make intelligent decisions based on real-time data, which leads to lower costs and faster turnaround times.

The BCG survey also showed most manufacturers believe advanced robotic systems will have a massive role in the factory of the future and plan to increase their use. More than 70 per cent of respondents defined robotics as a significant productivity driver in production and logistics.

Analyzed by regions, European and Asian companies lead in the use of advanced robots, while manufacturers from North America lag behind. However, the survey showed 80 per cent of respondents from the U.S. plan to implement advanced robotics in the next few years.

The survey also revealed that manufacturers in emerging markets, especially China and India, are more enthusiastic about using advanced robots than those in industrialized countries. These companies may be looking to automation as a way to overcome a skilled labor shortage and improve their ability to compete in international markets.

Germany had the largest robot density in the manufacturing industry among European countries, with 346 installations per 10,000 employees in 2019. Sweden, Denmark, and Italy followed with 277, 243, and 212 installations per 10,000 employees, respectively.

Statistics also show that companies in the transportation and logistics and technology sector lead in implementing advanced robotics, with 54 and 53 per cent of manufacturers who already use such solutions. The automotive industry and consumer goods sector follow with 49  and 44 per cent share, respectively.

Manufacturers in the engineered products, process, and health care industries lag behind, with 42, 41, and 30 per cent of companies that use advanced manufacturing robots. However, around 85 per cent of manufacturers in these sectors plan to start using advanced robotic systems by 2022.

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