That said, it may leave you wondering which countries currently have the highest robot density. Here are the latest stats to answer that question.
Furthermore, a few interesting facts about robotics in these 10 countries include the following:
1.The Republic of Korea has held the number one position since 2010 and exceeds the global average seven-fold. Robot density has shown a steady increase of 10% every year since 2015.
2.Singapore has shown a rapid increase of 27% per year since 2015, which is why they’re able to outrank countries such as Japan and the USA.
3.EU countries such as Denmark and Italy have a considerably higher degree of modern automation in their extensive manufacturing market.
4.The U.S. has seen a sharp increase in robot sales by at least 15% every year between 2017 – 2020.
5.In Taiwan, the increase in the robotics industry hasn’t stemmed from a need to keep up with global trends, but rather to deal with a shortfall of human workers.
As we’ve already mentioned, there isn’t any significant industry that doesn’t already use robotic solutions in one form or another. Here’s a breakdown of the five most significant robot adoptions thus far.
Robot Density in the Automotive Industry
According to the latest International Federation of Robotics Report, released in March 2023, the automotive industry is the highest robot density globally. The operational stock of about one million units makes this at least one-third of the global robot density.
1.Robotics in the automotive industry can be seen in the top car-producing economies. Here’s a breakdown of how their current robotics statistics line up.
2.The Republic of Korea has an average of 2,867 industrial robots across all automotive companies.
3.Germany’s car companies have seen an impressive 1,500 robotic units with the U.S. boasting 1,457 and Japan following closely with 1,422.
4.Despite being the world’s largest car manufacturer, China only has a robot density of 772 units. They are however working very hard to reach their competitors by increasing their units to 61,598.
In an attempt to reduce global carbon emissions, political leaders together with The European Union have announced goals to end the sale of air-polluting vehicles by the end of 2035. With that in mind, robot technology is being relied on to pick up the slack and make this goal a reality.
With the one million robots working in the electric vehicle manufacturing industry, it’s easy to have crucial assembly tasks handed off to them. This has seen production of electric vehicles rise by 4 times in the last two years.
Top 5 Trending Industries That Will Use the Most Robots in the Next 5 to 10 Years.
While industries across the board currently have some robotic involvement in the day-to-day running as well as their future growth plans, some sectors are geared to use robotics more than others.
The top five trending industries that you can expect to see a spike in robotic involvement are listed below.
1.Automotive: As we’ve already mentioned, the automotive industry has seen a massive surge in robotics for various applications and tasks. With the increase in electric vehicle manufacturing, this industry alone is expected to grow by at least 3.5% by the end of 2023.
2.Medical: The medical robots market exceeded $9.5 billion in revenue in 2022. This is because medical robots assist and simplify a host of surgical procedures. Additionally, they enable surgeons to operate using more precise and less invasive methods.
3.Pharmaceutical: While it may seem linked to the medical sector, robotics in the pharmaceutical industry is anticipated to reach at least $357.9 million by 2030. The tops robotic applications in the pharmaceutical industry include picking and placing, quality control during the medicine manufacturing process, and machine tending.
4.Agricultural: The agricultural robot market is set to surpass $81 billion by 2028. Within this industry, robots can perform different applications which would ordinarily be very labor-intensive. Some of these include monitoring crops and measuring and maintaining the pH levels in the soil. Simpler tasks such as picking and packing fruits and vegetables will also be done quicker, increasing overall food productivity.
5.Military: Robotics and their various applications have a global market size of $17 billion. Experts predict a growth of over 7% from 2021 to 2027. As lifeless technologies, military robots can perform a variety of hazardous tasks that would ordinarily be life-threatening to humans. By assisting with labor-intensive tasks, their involvement can reduce the risks of accidents, injury, and even death of their human counterparts.
Source: statista.com, gminsights.com, howtorobot.com, globenewswire.com, and gminsights.com
Vertical Robotics Stats
Vertical robots are specifically used for complex assembly and manufacturing operations. Essentially their optimized arm lengths and compact bodies enable these robots to cover a large work area and complete a much larger load capacity. In addition to being designed to withstand almost any environmental conditions, these robots are suitable for applications that include transporting machine parts and even assembling electrical components.
In 2022, the investment in vertical robotics reached $6.9 billion. This was only a slight improvement to the $6.0 billion in 2021. The 2021 jump was almost double the $3.0 billion in 2020 and $2.6 billion in 2019 and $2.2 billion in 2018.
Autonomous vehicles, or driverless cars, also rely on highly advanced robotic applications to function. One of the attributes that make robotics extremely effective in this industry is that they can use infrared or ultrasound sensors to improve accuracy and precision in production and actual driving.
In 2022, autonomous vehicle investment dropped to $4.1 billion U.S. dollars compared to a more impressive $9.7 billion in 2021. This, on the other hand, was an increase from the $8.2 billion in 2020 and 2019. Before that, 2018 saw a low $4.0 billion.
The Bottom Line
With the statistics highlighted in this article, it’s clear that the robotics industry is only going to grow from strength to strength. With robotic innovation across all industries, the global market is set to reach its market value goal way ahead of schedule!
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