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US companies investing heavily in robots

Posted on 10 May 2024. Read 452 times.
US companies investing heavily in robots Preliminary results by the International Federation of Robotics

Manufacturing companies in the USA have been busy investing in automation with total installations of industrial robots rising by 12% and reaching 44,303 units in 2023. Number one adopter is the car industry followed by the electrical and electronics sector. These findings are based on preliminary results, presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

Marina Bill, president of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), said: “The USA has one of the most advanced manufacturing sectors in the world. The first IFR outlook on preliminary results shows again strong robotics demand across all major segments of US manufacturing in 2023.”

Sales in the automotive segment rose by 1% with a record number of 14,678 robots installed in 2023. This comes after installations in 2022 grew significantly by 47% reaching 14,472 units. The market share of car and component manufacturers hit 33% of all industrial robot installations in the USA in 2023. The USA has the second largest production volume of cars and light vehicles worldwide, following China. Ms Bill added: “Automotive manufacturers currently invest in robotics mainly to drive the electric vehicle transition and respond to labour shortages.”

Installations in the electrical and electronics industry rose by 37% to 5,120 units in 2023. This number almost reached the record pre-pandemic level of 5,284 units, seen in 2018. The latest result represents a market share of 12% of all industrial robots installed in the US manufacturing industry. Demand for industrial robots in this segment is influenced by a trend to strengthen domestic supply chains and projects that drive the clean-energy transition.

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Installation counts in other industrial exceeding the 3,000-unit mark in the USA were: metal and machinery (4,123 units, +6%); and plastic and chemical products (3,213 units, +5%). They represent a market share of 9% and 7% of industrial robot installations in 2023, respectively.

Meanwhile, robot installations in Canada reached 4,616 units — up 43%, with the automotive industry accounted for 55% of the country´s robot installations. Sales to the automotive sector rose by 99% with 2,549 units installed in 2023 — an all-time high.

The number of robots in Mexico’s manufacturing industry remained almost unchanged with 5,868 units in 2023. The country’s main adopter is the automotive industry which accounted for 69% of the robot installations in 2023: sales reached 4,068 units (-0%) in 2023 — the third best result since the peak level of 4,805 units, in 2017.