If the first quarter of 2010 is any indication, this is going to be a better year for robot sales.
According to data gathered by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the first quarter of 2010 saw a marked increase in robot orders. Robot manufacturers in North America report 16% more units sold than last year at the same time. They also brought in 30% more dollars compared to the first quarter of 2009.
The application with the largest number (60%) of new robot orders was material handling. There were also increases in the following industries: food and consumer goods and semiconductor/electronics/photonics. Recovery in the automotive sector was also evident from increases in new robot orders.
Out of the roughly 1 million industrial robots in the world, the RIA estimates 196,000 are at work in the U.S.
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