2012-05-26 - International Federation of Robotics announce 2011 is the most successful year ever for industrial robots with over 165,000 robots sold
2011 was the most successful year for industrial robots in 50 years. Since the first installation in 1961 more than 2.3 million were sold all over the world! “ stated Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President, on Wednesday, 23 May at AUTOMATICA 2012 in Munich. “And the robotics industry is looking forward to a bright future.”
Using robots always guarantees fast return on investments
“In 2011, about 165,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide, by far the highest level ever recorded, 37% more than 2010” announced Arturo Baroncelli, IFR Vice President in Munich. “The impetuous increase of demand in 2010 and 2011 following the worldwide financial and economic crisis exceeded all our expectations.
We expect that in 2012, robot sales will further increase with a more reduced growth rate and again reach a new peak level. ” he added. “The use of robots always guarantees fast return on investments and dramatic improvements in terms of quality. And this is true both in the car and the general industry, both in emerging countries and in nations having a long industrial tradition.”
More than 165,000 robots were sold worldwide in 2011.
The most important countries in 2011: China, United States and Germany
The most important countries responsible for the remarkable growth were China, the United States and Germany with growth rates of robot sales between 39% and 51%. All three countries reached new peak levels. However, they still could not reach the levels of the two biggest markets which only increased below average. Japan was back on top with almost 28,000 industrial robots, 27% more than 2010. Robot sales to the Republic of Korea increased more slightly by 9% to 25,500 units.
China was the most rapidly growing market over the last years except in 2009. In 2011 almost 22,600 industrial robots were supplied to this market. At least by 2014, China will surpass other countries to top the robot market worldwide. Most of the ASEAN countries with Thailand topping the list, as well as the Central and European countries are increasing their robot markets. The strong increase of robot supplies in India might be the initial breakthrough of robotics and automation in that country. Also the robot sales to Brazil skyrocketed to more than 1,400 units in 2011, 125% more than in 2010.
The full "World Robotics 2012 Industrial Robots and Service Robots" report will be published on 30 August 2012
The International Federation of Robotics
The International Federation of Robotics was established in 1987 in connection with the 17th International Symposium on Robotics, as a professional non-profit organisation, by robotics organisations from over 15 countries. Since 1970 an International Symposium on Robotics is organised every year on a different continent, in a different country and another city. The Symposium is systematically organised in conjunction with an International Robot Exhibition. The purpose of the International Federation of Robotics is to promote research, development, use and international co-operation in the entire field of robotics to act as a focal point for organisations and governmental representatives in activities related to robotics. The IFR is hosted by VDMA Robotics and Automation.