Sunday, 27 March 2011

Market structure

The 2006 report (pdf) from the International Federation of Robotics shows that Japanese companies lead the world in both stock and sales of multi-purpose industrial robots. About 60 per cent of the installations were articulated robots, 22 per cent were gantry robots, and 13 per cent were SCARA robots and 4 per cent were cylindrical robots. The majority of installations are in the automobile sector. There are increasing sales into non automotive sectors such as metals and plastics.

In 2007 the world market grew by 3% with approximately 114,000 new installed industrial robots. At the end of 2007 there were around one million industrial robots in use, compared with an estimated 50,000 service robots for industrial use.

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