A record of 2.7 million industrial robots are operating in factories

The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report shows a record of 2.7 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world – an increase of 12%.

Sales of new robots remain on a high level with 373.000 units shipped globally in 2019. This is 12% less compared to 2018, but still the 3rd highest sales volume ever recorded.

Asia remains the strongest market for industrial robots – operational stock for the region´s largest adopter China rose by 21% and reached about 783,000 units in 2019. 

Japan ranks second with about 355,000 units – plus 12 %. A runner-up is India with a new record of about 26,300 units – plus 15%. Within five years, India has doubled the number of industrial robots operating in the country´s factories.

Germany, first in Europe

Europe reached an operational stock of 580.000 units in 2019 – plus 7%. 

Germany remains the main user with an operational stock of about 221.500 units – this is about three times the stock of Italy (74.400 units), five times the stock of France (42.000 units) and about ten times the stock of the UK (21.700 units).

The USA is the largest industrial robot user in the Americas, reaching a new operational stock record of about 293.200 units – up 7%. Mexico comes second with 40.300 units, which is a plus of 11% followed by Canada with about 28.600 units – plus 2%.

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