Cleaning Robot Market Size will see remarkable growth from 2021-2027 with the increasing penetration of artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT in the field of robotics to offer compact sizes and enhanced performance. The emergence of urbanization and the changed lifestyle of consumers in developing economies has paved the path for higher investments in smart homes, leading to the increasing need for service robots in domestic applications, such as vacuuming, floor cleaning, lawn-mowing, and entertainment. According to Automation.com, the total number of service robots used for personal and domestic purposes saw a hike by 34% with over 23.2 million-unit purchases in 2019.
The rising deployment of wireless technologies to provide robot control and management through remotes and smartphones will additionally act as a potential driver for the market growth.
Based on product, the market is divided across floor-cleaning, pool-cleaning, lawn-cleaning, and window-cleaning. The industry value from the floor-cleaning segment will witness growth at a significant pace on account of the increasing acceptance of robotic floor cleaners in households for vacuum & UV cleaning, mopping, and disinfection. There is also a higher demand from the commercial sector for floor cleaning and maintenance. To state an instance, the Hefter Robot Cleaner is presently employed within the janitorial department of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and the Manchester Airport in the U.K.
Among residential, commercial, healthcare and industrial applications, the demand for cleaning robots is set to expand across the residential sector. The growth is attributed to the compact size of the equipment. They are known to provide efficient cleaning operations in confined spaces, making them ideal for residential applications.
Asia Pacific cleaning robot market is expected to gain notable proceeds with the higher household incomes of consumers. The rising presence of globally leading participants in the region will further influence to the industry growth curve. To cite an instance, Ecovacs Robotics, Inc., in April 2021, unveiled the first model of its intelligent 9-in-1 obstacle avoidance robotic vacuum cleaners, DEEBOT T9 in Malaysia to offer combined powerful vacuuming and mopping functions along with a built-in mobile air freshener.
Some of the prominent participants contributing to the market include Intellibot Robotics LLC, Miele, LG Electronics, Inc. (LG Corp), iRobot Corporation, Cyberdyne, Inc., KG Robotics, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co., Bobsweep, Neato Robotics, Inc. (Vorwerk) and IBC Robotics.
These robotic giants are continuously working towards undertaking persistent efforts, such as collaborations through partnerships and acquisitions, as well as R&D investments and innovations to amplify their presence in the growing competitive business landscape.
For instance, Samsung, in April 2021, launched the Bespoke Jet Bot AI, an advanced robot vacuum cleaner configured to substantially enhance home cleaning duties. The novelty offers enhanced capabilities for object recognition and operates on AI technology.
Likewise, in September 2020, Gaoxian Automation, a Chinese startup providing cleaning robots for business use, secured $22 million in its Series B+ financing round to accelerate its portfolio with practical and commercially viable products. The company also emerged as a leader in offering robotic cleaning solutions with the help of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology.
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis posed some unprecedented challenges on the global economy at various levels and drew tremendous impacts on various end-user industries given the disruptions in the supply and production chains. However, with the need for sanitization unfolding from the alarming rise in infection rate, cleaning robots are recording considerable demand from the commercial and corporate sectors apart from the residential and healthcare arena. According to a Brain Corp report, BrainOS-powered autonomous robot usage registered an increase of 24% during the second quarter amidst the pandemic.