Robot and machine vision markets make gains in Q2 2021

Oct. 19, 2021
A new A3 report breaks down some of the record growth.

Robot orders in the second quarter of 2021 have returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new report from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Robot orders in Q2 2021 were up over 67% compared tin Q2 2020.

More than half of the robot orders came from non-automotive industries, including metals (up 99%), semiconductor and electronics/photonics (up 62%), plastics & rubber (up 51%), food & consumer goods (up 51%), and life sciences/pharmaceutical/biomed (up 21%), among others.

According to the report, the machine vision, motion control, and motor markets also saw record increased over Q2 2020. The North American machine vision market  grew by 26% to $764 million. The motion control and motors sector grew by 13% for an increase to $1.5 billion.

“The revitalization of automation we’re seeing across myriad industries is extremely encouraging,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “Not only will the increase in automation use be a win for our member companies, but it will also help the U.S. economy grow even more as customers increase productivity and fill the millions of manufacturing jobs that remain unfulfilled.” 

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