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Auto Sector Drives Robotics Growth

Posted May 09, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The International Federation of Robotics predicts that robot sales will grow by 5% annually, reaching 31,000 units by 2018. One half of these will be used in the automotive industry. The U.S. automotive industry's use of robots, with 1,141 units per 10,000 employees, ranks third in the world's national economies after Germany and Japan. Automotive investment within NAFTA (U.S., Canada, and Mexico) has increased by about 40% every year since 2010 and is forecast to continue rising in the coming years. Primary drivers of industrial robot investments among automotive suppliers are new quality standards, more energy efficient production, and new materials.


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