North American Robotics Market Continues Breaking Records with Strongest Opening Quarter Ever
Continuing on the path of industrial robot orders and shipment records set in 2014, a new record for robots ordered and shipped in the first quarter has now been established in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.
A total of 6,895 robots valued at approximately $435.1 million were ordered from North American companies during the first quarter of 2015. These figures represent an increase of 16% in units and 29% in dollars over the same period in 2014. Robot shipments also set a new record, with 6,997 robots valued at $369.2 million being shipped to North American customers in the opening quarter. This represents exceptional growth of 60% in units and 24% in dollars over the same quarter of last year. Both orders and shipments in the opening quarter beat the previous record for the first quarter last set in 2013.
“It’s exciting to see the dynamic growth that continues in the robotics industry,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA. “With a record setting performance in 2014 and a great start in 2015, more and more companies are realizing the benefits of automating their operations.”
Automotive related orders continued to drive the market’s performance in the first quarter. Robot orders to the Automotive Components industry increased 66% in units, while robots ordered by Automotive OEMs grew by 6%. Other notable growth areas included Life Sciences (10%) and Metals (7%). The hottest applications in the first quarter in units ordered were Material Handling (33%), Spot Welding (26%), and Coating & Dispensing (9%).
RIA estimates that some 235,000 robots are now at use in United States factories, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use.