As per reports from IFR, in 2015, the number of industrial robots sold worldwide surpassed the 240,000 unit mark for the first time. This corresponds to the global year-on-year growth of 8%. The greatest demand was again registered by the automotive industry. China continues to exhibit the highest demand for industrial robots—sales rose by 16%. Despite the general perception of a ‘reluctant’ investment climate, China extended its leading position as the number one sales market worldwide with unit sales reaching 66,000. Sales of industrial robots in Europe rose by a record of 9% to nearly 50,000 units. Eastern Europe, with growth of 29%, proved to be one of the fastest growing regions globally. In the US, Canada and Mexico, a total of 34,000 units were sold in 2015 representing year-on-year growth of 11%. “Today, the automotive industry is taking a leading role when it comes to flexible and state-of-the-art automation solutions and the direct collaboration between humans and robots”, said Stefan Lampa, President & CEO, KUKA Roboter.
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