Rise of the Robots! Sales of manufacturing robots have more than doubled over the past five years

Posted by Bob Francis on 23 August, 2018

The Times just released a new report titled Future of Manufacturing 2018. The report examines the digital transformation taking place in global manufacturing. From 3D printing to augmented reality, technology is transforming the sector. The report also explores other elements of the fourth industrial revolution such as the rise of robotics and machine learning.

"Sales of manufacturing robots have more than doubled over the past five years as businesses ramp up their investments in automation and smart factories. South Korea continues to lead the way in terms of robot density in manufacturing, with six robots to every hundred employees, while the automotive and electronics sectors comprise the lion’s share of annual sales."

Lots of fascinating data in this report, such as:

  • industrial robot shipments worldwide in 2017, up 32 per cent on the previous year
  • 1/3 of all industrial robot shipments went to China
  • With a robot density eight times the global average, South Korea is the most advanced manufacturing nation in the world

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Topics: QiO Thought Leadership, QiO Insights

Written by Bob Francis

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