US Industrial robot installations rise +14 % – US Robot Market: USD 2.1 billion
Chicago Robot sales in the United States hit a new peak of almost 38000 units, setting a record for the eighth year in a row (2010-2018). Today, robot density in the US manufacturing industry is now more than double that of China and ranks seventh worldwide.
Robot density in the US manufacturing industry reached 200 robots per 10,000 employees vs. 97 in China (2017). The trend to automate production in both domestic and global markets is the main driving force of robot installations in the US. The general industry sector, particularly the food and beverage industry (+64%) and the plastic and chemical products industry (+30%), had the highest growth.
In terms of market share, the automotive sector is the most important customer for robots. The US car market is the second largest car market in the world after China. Within the US automotive sector, part suppliers account for two thirds of installations: Sales went up by 9 % (2017-2018). However, car manufacturers (OEM) invested less in automation – installations went down by 26 %. The average annual growth rate of robot sales to the US automotive industry between 2013 and 2018 was 7 %. From a peak of 16311 units in 2016, robot sales decreased by 5 % from 15400 units in 2017 to 14600 units in 2018 – accounting for a share of 38 % of total installations.
„Robot density in the automotive industry increased by 52 % between 2012 and 2017, from 790 to 1200 industrial robots in operation per 10000 employees (robot density China 2017: 539 units). According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics USA, employment in the automotive industry increased by 22 % from 824400 to 1005000 jobs (2013-2018).
The electrical/electronics industry was the second most important customer in 2018 with a market share of 18 % of the total supply. From 2013 to 2018, robot installations increased by 15 % on average per year.
The number of installations rose by some 2 % to almost 6700 units in 2018. In terms of new developments, several production sites for lithium ion batteries as well as for chips and sensors have been created in recent years and more will be established in years to come.
North America – USA, Canada, Mexico
“The North American countries (United States, Canada, and Mexico) represent the second largest operational stock of industrial robots in the world after China,” says Junji Tsuda, President of the International Federation of Robotics. “Whilst numerous important robot system integrators come from North America, most big robot manufacturers are based in Japan, Korea and Europe. At North America’s number one robot and automation event ”Automate 2019” in Chicago, from April 8–11th, you will be able to see the latest innovations in robotics, vision, motion control and automation technologies from around the world.