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IFR: Robot Sales to Increase Significantly in 2011, 2012

Recent data reports from The International Federation of Robotics indicate a very bright future for the robotics industry.

Robots: What to Expect in 2011 and 2012

Even after a threat analysis that took into consideration changes due to the crisis in Japan, the IFR's predictions for 2011 and 2012 remain extremely positive. In fact, robot sales are expected to increase by nearly 20% over the course of the next two years. In 2011 alone, robot unit sales are predicted to increase as much as 15%. Growth of 5% is anticipated in 2012.

Japan and Robot Supplies/Shipments

While the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan will no doubt have an impact on the robot and robotic component supply chain, a recent threat analysis from the IFR predicts that the impact will be minimal. It is important to keep in mind that the current demand for robotics remains unfaltering. In addition, the vast majority of Japanese robot and robotic component companies are still able to manufacture and ship their products. 

However, some product shortages and increases in delays are expected. IFR noted the robotics market was already experiencing order delays before the recent tragedies in Japan. IFR plans to release updates on the situation throughout the year(s). 

Back on Track: Robotics Sales in 2010

The positive predictions for 2011 and 2012 were proceeded by a 2010 robot sales rebound. Following devastatingly low 2009 robot sales, the international robotics industry experienced a dramatic recovery over the course of 2010. The IFR reported a total of 115,000 robot unit sales in 2010 - doubling numbers from 2009. "Overall, on an average basis, the business is back to the good years of 2007 and 2008," IFR president Ake Lindqvist said at the Automate 2011 trade show.

While robot sales improved worldwide, significant increases were seen in Asia, and China in particular. Other countries, such as South Korea, experienced "remarkable increase" according to Lindqvist's report. Industry sectors with the greatest amount of robot orders in 2010 included electronics, automotive vehicles, and automotive parts manufacturing.

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