The Robot Density In The US Is Now More Than Twice That Of China

The sales of robots in the United States reached a new peak of nearly 38,000 units, setting a record for the eighth consecutive year (2010-2018). Today, the manufacturing density of robots in the US is more than twice that of China, ranking seventh in the world. These results were published by the International Robotics Federation (IFR).

The density of manufacturing robots in the United States reaches 200 per 10,000 employees, compared with 97 in China (2017). The trend toward automated production in domestic and global markets is a major driver of US robotic installations. The general industrial sector, especially the food and beverage industry (+64%) and the plastics and chemical products industry (+30%) have the highest growth rates.

Auto industry

In terms of market share, the automotive industry is the most important customer of robots. The US auto market is the second largest auto market in the world after China. In the US auto industry, parts suppliers accounted for two-thirds of the installed capacity: sales increased by 9% (2017-2018). However, automakers (OEMs) have less investment in automation – installations have fallen by 26%. From 2013 to 2018, the average annual growth rate of US auto industry robot sales was 7%. Robot sales fell by 5% from the peak of 16311 in 2016, from 15,400 in 2017 to 14,600 in 2018, accounting for 38% of total installed capacity.

“From 2012 to 2017, the robot density in the automotive industry increased by 52%, from 790 to 1200 industrial robots per 10,000 employees (Robot Density China 2017: 539 units). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Bureau of Labor) According to Statistics USA, the number of employed people in the automotive industry increased from 824,400 to 1005,000 (2013-2018), an increase of 22%.

Electrical/electronic industry

The electrical/electronics industry is the second largest customer in 2018 with a market share of 18% of total supply. From 2013 to 2018, robot installations increased by an average of 15% per year.

In 2018, the number of installations increased by about 2% to nearly 6,700 units. From the perspective of new development, in recent years, several production bases of lithium-ion batteries and chips and sensors have been established, and more production bases will be established in the next few years.

North America - United States, Canada, Mexico

“North American countries (USA, Canada, and Mexico) are the second largest operating inventory of industrial robots in the world after China,” said Junji Tsuda, president of the International Robotics Federation. “Although many important robotic system integrators are from North America, most large robot manufacturers are based in Japan, South Korea and Europe. The first robotic and automation event in North America, Automated 2019, was held in Chicago. You will be able to see the latest innovations in robotics, vision, motion control and automation technology around the world.