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Monday, September 23, 2019

Robot Record Sales

Expect to see robotics in many new places.

World Record Sales for Robots as Sector Reaches $16.5 Billion in Investment   in ZDNet  By Greg Nichols

The International Federation of Robotics' (IFR) World Robotics Report found that 422,000 robotic units were shipped globally in 2018, an increase of 6% compared to 2017. Among the takeaways from the report was an increase of 23% in annual installations of collaborative robots from 2017 to 2018. China continues to be the world's largest industrial robot market, accounting for 36% of total units installed. Robot installations in the U.S. reached about 40,300 units in 2018, 22% more than the year prior. The report highlighted the growing use of robotics in sectors like construction, mining, and healthcare, as technology developers respond to labor crunches following strong global economies. Said Junji Tsuda, president of IFR, "We saw a dynamic performance in 2018 with a new sales record, even as the main customers for robots—the automotive and electrical-electronics industry—had a difficult year." ... '

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