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16 nov 2023

The Robotics Revolution: Greatest Highlights from the IFR 's "World Robotics" Report

A Revolução Robótica: O que nos diz o Relatório "World Robotics" da IFR? 4

The IFR - International Federation of Robotics has released another edition of the "World Robotics" report, with updated data for 2022. The report offers insights into the latest statistics in the field of robotics. What does this report tell us? What is the main market on the global scene? How is robotics continuing to revolutionize the industry? That's what we're going to explain!


The increase in the installation of robots is an indication of economic growth around the world. Keeping up with technological developments is key to preserving industries and increasing companies' competitiveness.



Installation of Industrial Robots 


The installation of industrial robots has once again broken the previous year's record. Around the world, more than 550,000 robots have been installed in different factories, an increase of 5% in 2022 compared to the previous year. According to the World Robotics report, the Asian continent leads with 736 of the robots installed, followed by Europe with 15% and then the American continent with 10%. 


"By 2023, the industrial robot market is expected to grow by 7% to more than 590,000 units worldwide." 

Marina Bill, president of IFR



The main sectors, automotive and electronics, installed more robots than in 2021. Supply chain disruptions and raw material shortages continued to hamper the completion of projects, but to a lesser extent than in the previous year.

China is by far the largest market in the world. In 2022, annual installations of 290,258 units replaced the previous record of 2021, with an increase of 5%. This increase is even more remarkable given that in 2021 there was a 57% increase compared to 2020.


Following China is Japan, with an increase in robot installations of 9% to 50,413 units. Japan is the predominant robot manufacturing country in the world, with a market share of 46% of global robot production.

Robots in Europe


Europe continues to be the second largest market in the world: more than 70,000 units, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year. Within the European continent, Germany leads the way, being one of the top five markets worldwide, with a 36% market share in the region. Installations in Germany fell by 1% to 25,636 units. Italy follows with a 16% market share in Europe - installations grew 8% to 11,475 units. The third largest market, France, saw growth of 13%, installing 7,380 units in 2022.



On the American continent, installations increased by 8% to 56,053 units in 2022. The United States, the largest regional market, accounted for 71% of installations in America in 2022. The main driver of growth was the automotive industry, which saw an increase in installations of 47% (14,472 units).

The other two major markets on the continent are Mexico, where robot installations grew by 13% (6,000 units), and Canada, where demand fell by 24% (3,223 units). 



The year 2023 marks a slowdown in global economic growth, but robot installations are not expected to follow suit. On the contrary, the IFR believes that by 2024, the world should reach the milestone of 600,000 robots installed.


See also: Computer Vision and Robotics: A Successful Duo in Paper Bag Packaging


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