Page 2: Global demand for industrial robots hits all-time high in 2013
Worldwide demand for industrial robots reached an all-time peak in 2013, as approximately 168,000 units were sold in 2013, which is 5% more than the total number sold the previous year, according to quarterly statistics from the International Federation of Robotics.
"In comparison to 2012, our shipments have been on the rise in most markets," he said. "This is mainly led by the automotive industry and is also due to strong demand from the other industries, such as food and beverage, building and construction related sectors. We expect that demand from the mentioned industries will remain stable in the next few years."
In addition, strong growth in shipments to non-automotive markets in 2013 is an encouraging sign for the North American and worldwide markets, says Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association for Advancing Automation
"Overall shipments to non-automotive customers rose 31% while automotive related shipments were flat," he said. "The largest gains in non-automotive markets were in Life Sciences/Pharmaceutical/Biomedical (+142%), food and consumer goods (+61%) and plastics and rubber (+36%). Orders from non-automotive markets were up 22%, a very positive sign for the robotics industry moving forward."
On June 4, the IFR will hold a CEO roundtable on the topic called "Easy to use robots – challenge and chance to capture new applications and customers."
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