North American robot orders are up 5.2% through the third quarter of 2019, compared to 2018 numbers, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). North American companies have year-to-date ordered just short of 24,000 robotic units with a value of $1.3B. In Q3 2019 only, North American companies have order just short of 7.5k robots, valued at $438M, a 1% increase from Q3 2018.
Automotive OEMs have provided the largest growth sector in 2019 for the robotics industry, with a 47% increase in orders. The plastics and rubber industry increased orders by 15%, and the consumer goods industry represented a 4% increase.
“We continue to see improvement in the robotics market,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the RIA and the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). “At this time last year we saw a dip in orders of around 15%, so it’s encouraging to see a recovery through the third quarter. We hope to end the year strong and see growth in 2020 as well.”