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Report: World Industrial Robot Demand Up 38 Percent
2/4/2013

The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010. Although Asia is the largest regional user, the biggest increases happened in the Americas.   (Source: International Federation of Robotics)
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010. Although Asia is the largest regional user, the biggest increases happened in the Americas.
(Source: International Federation of Robotics)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2013 2:48:53 PM
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Al, I agree. No matter what the reason for the rise, I'd rather see it than the opposite.

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Charles Murray   2/5/2013 5:25:59 PM
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I agree, Al. It's definitely encouraging to see second- and third-tier automotive suppliers bouncing back. This is in part why automakers got bailed out a few years ago. The effects of financial failure of a big automaker are far-reaching.

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apresher   2/5/2013 1:54:55 PM
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It's still very impressive and encouraging to see those kinds of investments in automotive and electrical/electronic assembly, even given the bounceback in auto production.  Thanks, Ann.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/5/2013 11:51:47 AM
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Al, thanks for the clarification. Yes, I think it's directly related to an upturn in automotive manufacturing and to the upturn in overall manufacturing, not just automotive, since the downturn. And so does the IRF. I saw similar trends in machine vision a couple of years ago, in both the US and Europe: an upturn directly related to the upturn in manufacturing, at about the same time as this robotics/manufacturing upturn.

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apresher   2/5/2013 10:02:25 AM
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Ann,  I was referring to variations year to year in automotive production.  I tend to agree with Chuck that it would be interesting to see how the downturn in production affected usage of robots.  I really don't have a good handle on yearly volumes to make the comparisons myself.  Thanks.

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Charles Murray   2/4/2013 6:48:50 PM
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I do wonder how much these numbers were affected by the automotive downturn a few years ago and the subsequent upturn now. I wonder how the automotive numbers would compare to say, 2005 or 2006, when auto sales in the U.S. were higher.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/4/2013 4:25:52 PM
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Yes, it is a big number! As we mentioned in the story, the IRF data says the global downturn in automotive investment in robotics was during 2006-2009. What we didn't say was the fact that overall industrial robot demand is up everywhere after slumping during the worldwide economic downturn. That's part of the reason for the big jump, according to the IRF.
My question to you was requesting a definition of what you meant by "variations in auto production"? Did you mean variations over time in the US, or variations across countries throughout the world, or something else?



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apresher   2/4/2013 2:04:18 PM
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Ann,  I am surprised by the magnitude of the increase in demand for industrial robots.  A 38% increase from 2010 to 2011 for industrial robots, led by automotive and electrical/electronics assembly, is a big number.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/4/2013 12:39:25 PM
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Al, do you mean variations over time in the US, or variations across countries throughout the world, or something else?

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apresher   2/4/2013 10:27:48 AM
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Ann,  Very surprising that industrial robot demand would be up that much, especially given variations in auto production.  Thanks for the article.

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