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World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
4/10/2014

The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. Electrical/electronics manufacturing took the biggest hit: it was down by 13%. Compared to the crash a few years ago this is still good news for the industry, and most manufacturing sectors rose slightly.
  (Source: International Federation of Robotics)
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. Electrical/electronics manufacturing took the biggest hit: it was down by 13%. Compared to the crash a few years ago this is still good news for the industry, and most manufacturing sectors rose slightly.
(Source: International Federation of Robotics)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Interesting stats
Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2014 11:49:40 AM
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You're welcome Debera. Demand cycles are different for different industries, as we discuss in the article.



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Debera Harward   5/8/2014 11:31:15 AM
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Thanks Ann for such an interesting post the figures are really eye capturing I totally agree that the demand for robots have never been constant it varries from time to time or era to era in other words we can say it is cyclic.

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Cabe Atwell   5/7/2014 10:27:18 PM
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I wonder if America's reduction in military operations has any impact on these numbers. It would be interesting if it has.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/14/2014 1:15:26 PM
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Daniyal_Ali, I read the same articles about Toyota, and found it an interesting concept. I wonder, though, which car models that will really affect: I suspect the higher-end ones.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/14/2014 1:13:09 PM
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That's pretty much it, Liz, assuming, of course, that those cycles remain more or less constant. They are well-know, relatively long-term phenomena.



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Elizabeth M   4/14/2014 4:09:26 AM
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That's interesting, Ann. Your explanation makes a lot of sense. So hopefully as supply evens out demand again will go up, if these cycles are to follow the regular pattern?

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Daniyal_Ali   4/11/2014 1:05:48 AM
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It is indeed very interesting change of trends. Few days back i was reading this article about Toyota's future manufacturing plans, and they are looking to replace machines with humans. I was very intrigued by this idea, as mostly the trend is other way around.
Anyhow, if you look at the statistics of annual shipments from 1994 - 2013, you will see that there was never an ever-increasing trend in the robots. There are always ups and downs in the sales of robots, and as the technology grows in the coming years, the demands will undoubtedly rise.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/10/2014 1:48:20 PM
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Liz, I agree that would make sense on the surface. But the demand is somewhat cyclic over periods longer than a year. It's dependent on manufacturing cycles and when things like car models change and tooling up/retooling for same also changes. In other words, demand, not available supply. We've all become used to the electronics demand/supply cycles, which are 1 year or less, but that's only one manufacturing sector--and the one that took the biggest hit.



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Elizabeth M   4/10/2014 7:46:31 AM
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This is interesting, Ann. Off the top of my head, I would think this number would be up given the increased sophistication in industrial robots and new options like Baxter out there on the market.

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