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World Robots
Industry Study with Forecasts for 2016 & 2021

  • Publication Date:December 2012
  • Publisher:Freedonia Group
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:289

World Robots Industry Study with Forecasts for 2016 & 2021

World demand to rise 10.5% annually through 2016

Global demand for robots is forecast to increase nearly 11 percent per year through 2016 to $20.2 billion, outpacing both the world's economy and overall manufacturing activity. Robots can perform certain tasks faster and more accurately than humans can, which increases productivity and helps reduce overall costs. In developed countries, which tend to have higher labor costs, robots are often used to replace human workers. In developing countries, which usually have an abundance of low cost labor, robot use is more concentrated in tasks that are difficult or dangerous for human workers. However, as wages rise in developing countries, the use of robots to replace human workers will increase, especially as advantages in end product quality and worker safety become more apparent.

Service robots to outpace industrial types

The industrial sector has been a significant user of robots for a few decades now, while the service sector has only become significant robot users since the middle of the first decade of the 2000s. Through 2016 and beyond, service robots will lead growth as lower costs and the increasing sophistication of robot technology and software make these products more appealing to a broader range of consumers. The robust outlook for service robot demand is leading an increasing number of companies to enter the market, especially in the medical and consumer product sectors, and this should increase competition and further lower costs. Professional applications will continue to dominate the service robot market, with medical robots leading gains, particularly in developed countries.

US to remain top market

Five countries -- the US, Japan, Germany, China, and South Korea -- combined to account for 68 percent of the $12.3 billion global robot market in 2011 and will continue to dominate the overall market through the next decade. The US will remain the largest national market. China will become the second largest market by 2016.

Global robot production is dominated by Japan, the US, Germany, and South Korea, which combined accounted for 70 percent of the total in 2011. Because production is so concentrated, trade is quite important in the robot industry. Sophisticated high-value industrial and medical robots tend to be produced in highly developed countries with established high tech manufacturing industries, such as Japan, the US, and Germany. Smaller, less expensive service robots, especially those geared to the consumer market, are generally produced in countries with developed consumer electronics manufacturing capacity, primarily in Asia.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Economic Environment
    • Recent Historical Trends
    • World Economic Outlook
    • World Demographic Overview
    • World Industrial Outlook
    • Industrial Output Trends
    • Gross Fixed Investment Outlook
    • World Motor Vehicle Production
  • III. OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Robot Classifications
    • Industrial Robots
    • Service Robots
    • Demand by Region
    • Demand by Type
    • Industrial Robot Demand by Function
    • Industrial Robot Demand by Market
    • Motor Vehicles
    • Chemicals
    • Electrical/Electronic Products
    • Other Industrial Markets
    • Industrial Robot Demand by Region
    • Service Robot Demand
    • Professional
    • Medical
    • Milking
    • Other Professional
    • Personal
    • Floor Cleaning Robots
    • Entertainment Robots
    • Lawn Mowing Robots
    • Other Personal Service Robots
    • Production
    • International Trade
    • Pricing
  • IV. NORTH AMERICA
    • General
    • Supply & Demand
    • Demand by Type & Market
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • V. WESTERN EUROPE
    • General
    • Supply & Demand
    • Demand by Type & Market
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Spain
    • Other Western Europe
  • VI. ASIA/PACIFIC
    • General
    • Supply & Demand
    • Demand by Type & Market
    • Japan
    • China
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • India
    • Other Asia/Pacific
  • VII. OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
    • Supply & Demand
    • Demand by Type & Market
    • Eastern Europe
    • Supply & Demand
    • Demand by Type & Market
    • Africa/Mideast
    • Supply & Demand
    • Demand by Type & Market
  • VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industrial Robot Market Share
    • Service Robot Market Share
    • Manufacturing & Development
    • Cooperative Agreements
    • Mergers, Acquisitions, & Industry Structuring
    • Company Profiles
    • ABB Limited
    • Adept Technology Incorporated
    • Aethon Incorporated
    • Amazon.com Incorporated
    • BA Systemes
    • Comau, see Fiat
    • Cybernetix, see Technip
    • Deere & Company
    • DeLaval International, see Tetra Laval International
    • DENSO Corporation
    • Dürr AG
    • FANUC Corporation
    • Fiat SpA
    • Foxconn Technology Group, see Hon Hai Precision
    • Industry
    • Friendly Robotics Limited
    • Fullwood Limited
    • Hanool Robotics Corporation
    • Hitachi Limited
    • Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Limited
    • Honda Motor Company Limited
    • Hyundai Heavy Industries Company Limited
    • InMoTx, see Adept Technology
    • Intelitek, see RoboGroup TEK
    • InTouch Technologies Incorporated
    • Intuitive Surgical Incorporated
    • iRobot Corporation
    • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Limited
    • Komatsu Limited
    • KUKA AG
    • Lely Holding Sarl
    • LG Electronics Incorporated
    • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited
    • Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation
    • Panasonic Corporation
    • Reis Group Holding GmbH & Company KG
    • RoboGroup TEK Limited
    • Samsung Electronics Company Limited
    • SANYO Homes Corporation
    • SCHUNK GmbH & Company KG
    • SEGA SAMMY Holdings Incorporated
    • Seiko Epson Corporation
    • Sepro Robotique
    • Stäubli International AG
    • Technip SA
    • Tetra Laval International SA
    • Thales SA
    • Toyota Motor Corporation
    • Yamaha Motor Company Limited
    • Yaskawa Electric Corporation
    • Yaskawa Eshed Technology, see RoboGroup TEK and
    • Yaskawa Electric
    • Zucchetti Group
    • Additional Companies in the World Robot Industry
  • LIST OF TABLES
  • SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Summary Table
  • SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • 1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region
    • 2 World Population by Region
    • 3 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region
    • 4 World Gross Fixed investment by Region
    • 5 World Motor Vehicle Production by Region
  • SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
    • 1 World Robot Demand by Region & Type
    • 2 Industrial Robot Demand by Market
    • 3 Motor Vehicle Market for Robots by Region
    • 4 Chemical Market for Robots by Region
    • 5 Electrical/Electronic Market for Robots by Region
    • 6 Other Industrial Markets for Robots by Region
    • 7 World Industrial Robot Demand by Region
    • 8 World Service Robot Demand by Region & Type
    • 9 Professional Service Robot Market by Region & Type
    • 10 Personal Service Robot Market by Region & Type
    • 11 World Robot Production by Region
    • 12 International Trade in Robots
  • SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA
    • 1 North America: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 2 North America: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 3 United States: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 4 United States: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 5 Canada: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 6 Canada: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 7 Mexico: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 8 Mexico: Robot Demand by Type & Market
  • SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE
    • 1 Western Europe: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 2 Western Europe: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 3 Germany: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 4 Germany: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 5 Italy: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 6 Italy: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 7 France: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 8 France: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 9 United Kingdom: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 10 United Kingdom: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 11 Spain: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 12 Spain: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 13 Other Western Europe: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 14 Other Western Europe: Robot Demand by Type & Market
  • SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC
    • 1 Asia/Pacific: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 2 Asia/Pacific: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 3 Japan: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 4 Japan: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 5 China: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 6 China: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 7 South Korea: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 8 South Korea: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 9 Taiwan: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 10 Taiwan: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 11 Thailand: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 12 Thailand: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 13 India: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 14 India: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 15 Other Asia/Pacific: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 16 Other Asia/Pacific: Robot Demand by Type & Market
  • SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS
    • 1 Central & South America: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 2 Central & South America: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 3 Eastern Europe: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 4 Eastern Europe: Robot Demand by Type & Market
    • 5 Africa/Mideast: Robot Supply & Demand
    • 6 Africa/Mideast: Robot Demand by Type & Market
  • SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • 1 World Robot Sales by Company,
    • 2 Selected Cooperative Agreements
    • 3 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • LIST OF CHARTS
  • SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
    • 1 World Robot Demand by Region,
    • 2 World Robot Demand by Type,
    • 3 World Industrial Robot Demand by Function,
    • 4 World Robot Production by Region,
  • SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • 1 World Industrial Robot Market Share,
    • 2 World Service Robot Market Share,
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