Robot Density in Worldwide Projections

Robot Density in Worldwide Projections

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The estimate worldwide stock of industrial robots in operation was slightly over 1 million in 2010  and may have reached  2 million in 2017. By 2020,  3 million robots may be in operation, 1.9 million of which will be found in Asia, 600 000 in Europe and 450 000 in America

Between 2018 and 2020, Asia may achieve a 17% annual increase in number of operational units (compared to 12% in America and 7% in Europe) – the installation rate in Asia makes clear how China is catching up (with a 22% yearly growth) while Japan and South Korea already have a very large installed base (+5%  per year in each country). As a result, China will be equipped with 950 000 units by 2020, Japan with 320 000 units,

In terms of robot density (number of industrial robots / 10 000 employees), South Korea leads by far with 631 units (doubling since 2010) – mainly in the electrical/electronics and automotive industries; the density is also very high in Singapore, from a small industrial basis, with 488 units per 10 000. Germany and Japan come third, each run approximately 300 units per 10 000, the level achieved by South Korea in 2010

In terms of rate of increase, China is the most dynamic market – from a low base of 25 per 10 000 in 2013 to 89 units in 2016 – and expected to maintain this trend for the coming years

Because of the high rate of automation in the automotive industry, robot density (according to 2016 IFR data) is of special relevance, with South Korea in the lead by far

  • South Korea – 2 145 / 10 000 employees, with a large increase since 2014 possibly related to hybrid cars and EVs
  • United States – 1 261 /  10 000
  • Japan – 1 240 / 10 000
  • France & Germany – 1 150 / 10 000

The statistics in this memo are provided by the International Federation of Robotics (from 2017 publications)