Record Robotics Sales 2016

The North American robotics market has set new records to begin 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

A total of 14,583 robots valued at approximately $817 million were ordered from North American companies during the first half of 2016. The number of units ordered in the first six months marks a new record to begin the year, growing two percent over the same period in 2015, which held the previous record. Order revenue decreased slightly by three percent in the first half of 2016. In the same time frame, 13,620 robots valued at $838 million were shipped to North American customers. These figures represent the second highest total for units shipped and a new record for shipment revenue in the first half of a year.

The number of robots ordered by Automotive OEMs and Component Suppliers increased 16% and four percent respectively to begin the year, and was the largest driver of the market’s record performance. Similarly, the Food & Consumer Goods industry soared in the first half of the year, ordering 41% more robots than the same period on 2015. Total orders to all other non-automotive industries decreased 14%. In terms of applications, the biggest increases were realized in Inspection (69%), Assembly (38%), and Spot Welding (21%). RIA estimates that some 265,000 robots are now at use in North American factories, which is third to only Japan and China.

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