World Robotics 2023 Report Reveals Continuous Growth in Robot Adoption
In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, the adoption of industrial robots has been a pivotal force driving the automation industry forward. The World Robotics 2023 Report, produced by the International Federation of Robotics, sheds light on the significant growth in robot installations globally. In 2022, a staggering 553,052 new industrial robots were installed, marking a 5 percent increase from the previous year. This upward trajectory is expected to persist, with a further 7 percent growth projected for 2023, bringing the total to 590,000 robots delivered worldwide.
The report highlights the dominance of Asia in the global robot market, with 73 percent of the new installations in 2022 occurring in this region. Europe closely follows, accounting for 15 percent of the installations. Notably, the European Union emerges as the second-largest market globally, with 70,781 units delivered in 2022—a 5 percent growth. Germany, a powerhouse in automation, claims a 36 percent market share within the EU.
Despite a slight decrease of 1 percent, Germany continues to be among the top five global adopters, with 25,636 units installed in 2022. Italy, with a 16 percent market share, experienced an 8 percent growth, installing 11,475 units. France, with a 10 percent regional market share, saw a remarkable 13 percent increase, installing 7,380 units. Even in the post-Brexit scenario, the UK witnessed a 3 percent increase in robot installations, reaching 2,534 units in 2022, although still significantly lower than Germany's figures.
In the Americas, robot installations surged by 8 percent to 56,053 units in 2022, surpassing the 2018 peak. The United States dominated this growth, accounting for 71 percent of installations. The automotive industry played a pivotal role, recording a substantial 47 percent increase in installations, reaching 14,472 units. This resurgence positioned the automotive sector with a 37 percent share, followed by the engineering industry (3,900 units) and the electrical/electronics industry (3,732 units).
Anticipated Growth Despite Economic Slowdown:
The World Robotics 2023 Report projects a slowdown in global economic growth for 2023. However, intriguingly, this economic deceleration is not expected to dampen the momentum of robot installations. Contrary to the economic forecast, there is no indication that the overall long-term growth trend in robot adoption will cease. On the contrary, the report suggests a reversal of this trend, predicting that the goal of 600,000 units installed per year worldwide will likely be achieved in 2024.
Importance of Robots in Automation:
The continued growth in robot adoption underscores their indispensable role in the automation industry. Robots enhance efficiency, precision, and productivity across various sectors. In the automotive industry, the substantial increase in installations reflects the critical role robots play in streamlining manufacturing processes and meeting the growing demand for vehicles. The engineering and electrical/electronic industries also benefit from robot integration, driving innovation and accelerating production.
As the world witnesses the escalating integration of robots into various industries, companies like STI Automation (new business that is part of STI group) are at the forefront of this technological revolution, offering cutting-edge automation services to meet the evolving needs of their clients. The data presented in the report serves as a testament to the increasing relevance of automation services, and companies like STI Automation are poised to leverage this trend. With a commitment to providing state-of-the-art automation solutions, we are well-positioned to contribute to the continued growth of the robotics industry, assisting businesses in optimizing their operations, enhancing productivity, and staying competitive in a rapidly changing global market. In this era of technological innovation, we remain dedicated to driving advancements in automation, aligning seamlessly with the trajectory outlined in the World Robotics 2023 Report.Contact us for more information