IFR: robotic installations hit all-time excessive in 2021


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Annual installations of business robots worldwide. | Supply: IFR

The Worldwide Federation of Robotics (IFR) launched its new world robotics report. The report confirmed that 517,385 new industrial robots have been put in in 2021 in factories all over the world, an all-time excessive for the business. 

Robotic installations grew by 31% year-over-year in 2021. They exceeded the pre-pandemic file of robotic installations in 2018 by 22%. The inventory of operational robots all over the world additionally hit a brand new file of about 3.5 million models. 

“Using robotics and automation is rising at a wide ranging pace,” Marina Invoice, President of the IFR, stated. “Inside six years, annual robotic installations greater than doubled. In line with our newest statistics, installations grew strongly in 2021 in all main buyer industries, though provide chain disruptions, in addition to completely different native or regional headwinds, hampered manufacturing.”

Installations develop on the earth’s largest market

The world’s largest industrial robotic market continues to be in Asia. 74% of all newly deployed robots in 2021 have been put in in Asia, a rise from 70% in 2020. The area’s largest adopter, China, grew installations by 51%, with 268,195 models shipped. 

China hit a number of milestones in 2021. Its operational inventory broke the 1 million mark, and each different robotic put in globally in 2021 was deployed within the nation. 

Whereas China has been quickly growing the variety of robots at work within the nation, a lot of these robots nonetheless come from overseas suppliers, significantly from Japan, South Korea and Europe. In 2020, overseas producers had a mixed share of the Chinese language robotics market of 73%, in line with the IFR. 

Japan stays the world’s predominant robotic manufacturing nation, exporting 182,102 models in 2021. The nation is second to China in installations, with Japan’s rising 22% in 2021 at 47,182 models. The expansion ends a two-year decline in robotic installations that occurred in all main industries inside Japan. 

In South Korea, installations elevated by 2% to 31,083 models. This ended a four-year streak of declining robotic installations inside the nation. 

Robotic installations develop within the west

European robotic installations grew by 24% to 84,302 models in 2021, a brand new peak for the area. The area’s largest market is in Germany, which makes up 28% of all installations in Europe. Installations within the nation grew by 6% to 23,777 models in 2021. Germany’s exports of business robots additionally grew in 2021, rising 41% to 22,870 models. 

The second largest market in Europe is in Italy, the place robotic set up development has been pushed by the final business. Italy hit a brand new file degree of 14,083 models in 2021, a 65% improve from the yr earlier than.

Robotic installations within the Americas recovered from its pandemic-related dip in 2020, with the area putting in 50,712 industrial robots in 2021, a 31% improve from the yr earlier than. That is the second time that robotic installations within the Americas exceeded 50,000 models, with the primary time being in 2018. 

Installations in america have been up by 14% to 34,987 models in 2021. Whereas this was a rise from pandemic ranges, it’s nonetheless decrease than its peak in 2018 at 40,373 models. 


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