World Robots to 2016

Published: December 2012
No. of Pages: 289

This study analyzes the world market for automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulators used in industrial automation, and for semi- or fully autonomous machines that perform nonmanufacturing services. The study presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by robot type (industrial, service), market (e.g., electrical/electronics, automotive), world region and major country. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players.

World demand to rise 10.5% annually through 2016

Global demand for robots is forecast to increase nearly 11 percent per year through 2016 to $20.2 billion, outpacing both the world’s economy and overall manufacturing activity. Robots can perform certain tasks faster and more accurately than humans can, which increases productivity and helps reduce overall costs. In developed countries, which tend to have higher labor costs, robots are often used to replace human workers. In developing countries, which
usually have an abundance of low cost labor, robot use is more concentrated in tasks that are difficult or dangerous for human workers. However, as wages rise in developing countries, the use of robots to replace human workers will increase, especially as advantages in end product quality and worker safety become more apparent.

Service robots to outpace industrial types

The industrial sector has been a significant user of robots for a few decades now, while the service sector has only become significant robot users since the middle of the first decade of the 2000s. Through 2016 and beyond, service robots will lead growth as lower costs and the increasing sophistication of robot technology and software make these products more appealing to a broader range of consumers. The robust outlook for service robot demand is leading an increasing number of companies to enter the market, especially in the medical and consumer product sectors, and this should increase competition and further lower costs. Professional applications will continue to dominate the service robot market, with medical robots leading gains, particularly in developed countries.

US to remain top market

Five countries -- the US, Japan, Germany, China, and South Korea -- combined to account for 68 percent of the $12.3 billion global robot market in 2011 and will continue to dominate the overall market through the next decade. The US will remain the largest national market. China will become the second largest market by 2016.

Global robot production is dominated by Japan, the US, Germany, and South Korea, which combined accounted for 70 percent of the total in 2011. Because production is so concentrated, trade is quite important in the robot industry. Sophisticated high-value industrial and medical robots tend to be produced in highly developed countries with established high tech manufacturing industries, such as Japan, the US, and Germany. Smaller, less expensive service robots, especially those geared to the consumer market, are generally produced in countries with developed consumer electronics manufacturing capacity, primarily in Asia.

Additional Information

This study analyzes the world market for robots. Two key product types are covered: industrial robots and service robots. Software, attachments, and peripherals are not included in the data. Industrial robots are used for a variety of applications, including handling, welding, assembly and disassembly, cleanroom operations, dispensing, and processing. Service robots are used in professional or personal applications. In professional applications, a service robot is used for commercial tasks, usually operated by a properly trained operator. In personal applications, a service robot is used for a non-commercial task, usually operated by any lay person.

Excluded from the study are the following robots: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and unmanned underwater vehicles.

As defined by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 8373 and as used in this study, an industrial robot is “an automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator, programmable in three or more axes, which may be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications.” Markets for industrial robots include motor vehicles, electrical/electronic products, chemicals, and others, such as metal and metal products, industrial machinery, and food and beverages.

Although no precise, internationally accepted definition exists for service robots, the International Federation of Robotics has adopted a preliminary definition, which is used in this study: “a service robot is a robot which operates semi- or fully autonomously to perform services useful to the wellbeing of humans and equipment, excluding manufacturing operations.” Within this definition, manipulating robots as described above are regarded as service robots when they are being used in non-manufacturing operations.

Historical data (2001, 2006, and 2011) and forecasts for the years 2016 and 2021 are provided for robot demand in millions of US dollars by market (for industrial robots) and product type (industrial and service). Forecasts are also provided for robot demand and production in millions of current US dollars (including inflation) by country, by region, and at the world level. The term “demand” is used interchangeably with “sales,” “market,” and “consumption.”

In addition, major manufacturers of robots are identified and profiled, and the key competitive variables are discussed. The entire report is framed within the global robot industry’s economic, technological, and market environments. World robot market share data by company presented in the “Industry Structure” section are estimated based on consultation with multiple sources. Tabular details may not always add to totals due to rounding.

Data on global robot supply and demand are derived from differing sources and developed from statistical relationships. As a result, variations are commonplace in this type of international reporting, and statistics presented in this study are historically consistent but may differ from other sources. Variances may occur because of definitional differences, undistributed exports, inventory accumulation, and goods-in-transit.

World Robots to 2016




General 4
World Economic Environment 5
Recent Historical Trends 5
World Economic Outlook 7
World Demographic Overview 11
World Industrial Outlook 13
Industrial Output Trends 14
Gross Fixed Investment Outlook 16
World Motor Vehicle Production 18

General 21
Robot Classifications 22
Industrial Robots 23
Service Robots 27
Demand by Region 28
Demand by Type 30
Industrial Robot Demand by Function 31
Industrial Robot Demand by Market 33
Motor Vehicles 35
Chemicals 37
Electrical/Electronic Products 39
Other Industrial Markets 41
Industrial Robot Demand by Region 43
Service Robot Demand 45
Professional 47
Medical 49
Milking 52
Other Professional 53
Personal 54
Floor Cleaning Robots 55
Entertainment Robots 56
Lawn Mowing Robots 58
Other Personal Service Robots 59
Production 61
International Trade 63
Pricing 65

General 68
Supply & Demand 69
Demand by Type & Market 70
United States 71
Canada 78
Mexico 82

General 88
Supply & Demand 89
Demand by Type & Market 90
Germany 93
Italy 99
France 103
United Kingdom 107
Spain 112
Other Western Europe 117

General 122
Supply & Demand 123
Demand by Type & Market 125
Japan 127
China 133
South Korea 140
Taiwan 146
Thailand 151
India 156
Other Asia/Pacific 161

Central & South America 166
Supply & Demand 167
Demand by Type & Market 168
Eastern Europe 170
Supply & Demand 172
Demand by Type & Market 173
Africa/Mideast 175
Supply & Demand 177
Demand by Type & Market 178

General 181
Industrial Robot Market Share 185
Service Robot Market Share 193
Manufacturing & Development 199
Cooperative Agreements 200
Mergers, Acquisitions, & Industry Structuring 204
Company Profiles 206
ABB Limited 207
Adept Technology Incorporated 209
Aethon Incorporated 212 Incorporated 213
BA Systemes 214
Comau, see Fiat
Cybernetix, see Technip
Deere & Company 216
DeLaval International, see Tetra Laval International
DENSO Corporation 217
Dürr AG 219
FANUC Corporation 221
Fiat SpA 223
Foxconn Technology Group, see Hon Hai Precision
Friendly Robotics Limited 225
Fullwood Limited 226
Hanool Robotics Corporation 227
Hitachi Limited 228
Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Limited 229
Honda Motor Company Limited 230
Hyundai Heavy Industries Company Limited 231
InMoTx, see Adept Technology
Intelitek, see RoboGroup TEK
InTouch Technologies Incorporated 232
Intuitive Surgical Incorporated 234
iRobot Corporation 236
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Limited 239
Komatsu Limited 241
Lely Holding Sarl 246
LG Electronics Incorporated 247
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited 249
Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation 250
Panasonic Corporation 253
Reis Group Holding GmbH & Company KG 256
RoboGroup TEK Limited 258
Samsung Electronics Company Limited 260
SANYO Homes Corporation 262
SCHUNK GmbH & Company KG 263
SEGA SAMMY Holdings Incorporated 265
Seiko Epson Corporation 266
Sepro Robotique 267
Stäubli International AG 269
Technip SA 271
Tetra Laval International SA 273
Thales SA 275
Toyota Motor Corporation 277
Yamaha Motor Company Limited 278
Yaskawa Electric Corporation 279
Yaskawa Eshed Technology, see RoboGroup TEK and
Yaskawa Electric
Zucchetti Group 281
Additional Companies in the World Robot Industry 283


Summary Table 3

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 11
2 World Population by Region 13
3 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region 15
4 World Gross Fixed investment by Region 17
5 World Motor Vehicle Production by Region 20

1 World Robot Demand by Region & Type 29
2 Industrial Robot Demand by Market 35
3 Motor Vehicle Market for Robots by Region 37
4 Chemical Market for Robots by Region 38
5 Electrical/Electronic Market for Robots by Region 40
6 Other Industrial Markets for Robots by Region 43
7 World Industrial Robot Demand by Region 44
8 World Service Robot Demand by Region & Type 47
9 Professional Service Robot Market by Region & Type 48
10 Personal Service Robot Market by Region & Type 55
11 World Robot Production by Region 62
12 International Trade in Robots 65

1 North America: Robot Supply & Demand 70
2 North America: Robot Demand by Type & Market 71
3 United States: Robot Supply & Demand 75
4 United States: Robot Demand by Type & Market 78
5 Canada: Robot Supply & Demand 81
6 Canada: Robot Demand by Type & Market 82
7 Mexico: Robot Supply & Demand 85
8 Mexico: Robot Demand by Type & Market 87

1 Western Europe: Robot Supply & Demand 90
2 Western Europe: Robot Demand by Type & Market 93
3 Germany: Robot Supply & Demand 96
4 Germany: Robot Demand by Type & Market 98
5 Italy: Robot Supply & Demand 101
6 Italy: Robot Demand by Type & Market 103
7 France: Robot Supply & Demand 105
8 France: Robot Demand by Type & Market 107
9 United Kingdom: Robot Supply & Demand 110
10 United Kingdom: Robot Demand by Type & Market 112
11 Spain: Robot Supply & Demand 115
12 Spain: Robot Demand by Type & Market 117
13 Other Western Europe: Robot Supply & Demand 120
14 Other Western Europe: Robot Demand by Type & Market 121

1 Asia/Pacific: Robot Supply & Demand 125
2 Asia/Pacific: Robot Demand by Type & Market 127
3 Japan: Robot Supply & Demand 130
4 Japan: Robot Demand by Type & Market 133
5 China: Robot Supply & Demand 137
6 China: Robot Demand by Type & Market 140
7 South Korea: Robot Supply & Demand 143
8 South Korea: Robot Demand by Type & Market 146
9 Taiwan: Robot Supply & Demand 149
10 Taiwan: Robot Demand by Type & Market 151
11 Thailand: Robot Supply & Demand 154
12 Thailand: Robot Demand by Type & Market 156
13 India: Robot Supply & Demand 159
14 India: Robot Demand by Type & Market 161
15 Other Asia/Pacific: Robot Supply & Demand 163
16 Other Asia/Pacific: Robot Demand by Type & Market 165

1 Central & South America: Robot Supply & Demand 168
2 Central & South America: Robot Demand by Type & Market 170
3 Eastern Europe: Robot Supply & Demand 173
4 Eastern Europe: Robot Demand by Type & Market 175
5 Africa/Mideast: Robot Supply & Demand 178
6 Africa/Mideast: Robot Demand by Type & Market 180

1 World Robot Sales by Company, 2011 184
2 Selected Cooperative Agreements 202
3 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 205


1 World Robot Demand by Region, 2011 30
2 World Robot Demand by Type, 2011 31
3 World Industrial Robot Demand by Function, 2011 33
4 World Robot Production by Region, 2011 63

1 World Industrial Robot Market Share, 2011 186
2 World Service Robot Market Share, 2011 194

Published By: Freedonia Group
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