Providing unique overview of government focus and investment in main robot markets around the world
by Mike Wilson, Chairman of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA)
Apr 27, 2020 — UK manufacturing faces multiple headwinds. A long-term stagnation in productivity growth has been compounded by Brexit. The coronavirus brings new investment uncertainty and strain on labour productivity. The UK’s manufacturing sector must follow the example of its global competitors and turn to automation to regain its footing.
The report shows a new record high of 2.7 million units in robot stock – an increase of 12% compared to the previous year. In 2019, global robot installations dropped by 12% to 373,000 units, which is the third highest number recorded. Annual industrial robot installation figures increased by 11% over the last six years (2014-2019).
Sales of service robots for professional use have an estimated value of US$11.2 billion in 2019. Logistic systems account for 43% of the total sales value. Robots also become more common in public environments. Turnover grew by 42% in 2019. The new social distancing paradigm and Covid-19 related travel restrictions provide excellent growth opportunities for these applications.