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Industrial Robotics Market Size By Product (Articulated, SCARA, Gantry, Cartesian, Parallel, Cylindrical, Collaborative), By End-Use (Automotive, Metals & Machinery, Rubber & Plastics, Food & Beverage, Electrical & Electronics) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Landscape & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

  • Report ID: GMI1729
  • Published Date: Feb 2018
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Industrial Robotics Market size exceeded USD 35 billion in 2016 and is poised to grow at over 10% CAGR between 2017 and 2024. 

The high costs of employing manual labor and the inconveniences associated with providing benefits such as promotions, health and safety compensation and insurances, benefit packages, increasing wages on a yearly basis, and paid leaves is a major factor leading to the adoption of automation technology. Furthermore, the costs of employing and training workers and their replacements is very high. In account of the intangible benefits, workers cannot function in harsh or inhospitable environments and have lower satisfaction in carrying out repetitive tasks as opposed to robots which have far lower restrictions. In countries of North America and Europe, the costs of employing manual labor are experiencing a substantial growth, which is offering huge opportunities for the industrial robotics market expansion.

Industrial Robotics Market

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As the technology is subject to continuous changes and advancements, the regulatory framework is highly complex and constantly updated or modified to accommodate new improvements. A major area of concern in the market is safety of operators, primarily in collaborative robots which work alongside human personnel. Various countries such as China and Japan have very lax robot laws and are just beginning to regulate the production and design of these equipment.

The industrial robots provide a high positive ROI to business owners and manufacturers which is dispersed over a long duration escalating. The initial costs of purchasing these equipment is very high and can be particularly expensive to businesses that buy these equipment in bulk as opposed to a single-time or replacement purchase. Moreover, these prices are followed by initial personnel training and installation costs and recurring costs for maintenance and cleaning. When looking at the prices of these systems, add-on peripherals such as end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), controllers, teach pendants, and programmed software causing the total system costs to increase drastically. Such high rates are highly unfeasible to players having a very limited financial budget.

Market, By Product

The articulated industrial robotics market holds majority revenue share owing to their high multi-purpose applications such as assembling, palletizing, welding, painting, and more. These systems have a flexible movement as they are not limited to movement along a corresponding coordinate axis allowing them to be utilized conducting very complex tasks as opposed to the other robotic systems.

The collaborative industrial robotics market will showcase growth of over 25% through 2024. Industry players integrate these systems with sensors and cameras that can track human movement and stop or alter their motion path to avoid accidents and injuries. These systems are priced comparatively lower than traditional systems and work in collaboration with human personnel, reducing human idle time and complete tasks which require human intervention at a much faster rate.

The demand for cylindrical robots is anticipated to deteriorate during the forecast period due to their small work envelope, and limited movements and applications. Despite their low pricing, these systems are being increasingly replaced by other robotic systems such as SCARA and articulated that can be used for a larger number of applications.

Market, By End-Use

The automotive sector is a significant customer in the industrial robotics market as these massively aid in increasing the work output as compared to manual labor. Changing trends such as the development of energy efficient drive systems and electric vehicles is further causing consumers to replace their existing vehicles with modernized vehicles. Also, there is a high rate of competition amongst market players causing them to seek automation to meet the consumer demand.

Companies in the industrial robotics market are focusing their efforts onto other sectors such as pharmaceuticals and food & beverages where quality and precision of the ingredients/products plays a major role. For instance, KUKA AG’s palletizing robots are used by Corona Beer for stacking crates. Robotic applications in pharmaceutical sector, for instance, has the added benefit of being able to work in sterile environments without the potential for contamination from human or the environment during component transfer.

Market, By Region

The steady increase in labor wages in the U.S., UK and Germany and increasing adoption of advanced technologies such as collaborative, cloud-base robots, and AI integrated technologies is contributing towards the substantial industrial robotics market revenue. Also, owing to the rising focus on the safety of workers in countries such as the U.S., the operations that involve dangerous tasks such as high-temperature welding is assigned to robotic systems.

Presence of government initiatives promoting the adoption of these systems fueling the Asia Pacific industrial robotics market size expansion. Various economies in the region such as China, India, Malaysia, and Japan are providing grants to regional players. The Japanese government, for instance, has funded and developed a new robotic strategy that supports SMEs to engage and enable new advance manufacturing capabilities. In addition, the region has a low and constantly declining working-class population which comprises 60% of the general population. In such a case, industrial robots are highly beneficial in boosting production output and meeting the global and regional demand.

Competitive Market Share

Companies operating in the industrial robotics market include Denso Corporation, Fanuc Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., KUKA AG, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

These market leaders are investing heavily in creating compact, light-weight robotic designs. These aid manufacturers to boost production times as they are designed to improve the speeds. Design compactness allows developers to provide lower overall costs of the robots by swapping heavy materials such as iron used in the robot body with lighter-weight materials such as aluminum and composites.

The industrial robotics market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD and shipment in Unit from 2013 to 2024, for the following segments:

Market, By Product

  • Articulated
  • Gantry
  • Cartesian
  • Parallel
  • Cylindrical
  • Collaborative

Market, By End-Use

  • Automotive
  • Metals & machinery
  • Rubber & plastics
  • Food & beverage
  • Electrical & electronics
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Prasenjit Saha

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of industrial robotics valued at more than USD 35 billion in 2016.

The industry share of industrial robotics is expected to see growth of over 10% CAGR to 2024.

Surging labor costs and inconveniences regarding the employment of manual workforce are promoting the adoption of industrial robots in North America and Europe.

According to the analysts at GMI, the collaborative industrial robot segment is anticipated to exhibit a growth of over 25% during the forecast timeframe.

Governments in China, India, Malaysia, and Japan have introduced several initiatives to boost the implementation robots in industrial applications.

Prominent companies in the market include Denso Corporation, Fanuc Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., KUKA AG, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

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  • Base Year: 2016
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 375
  • Countries covered: 17
  • Pages: 262

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