Record Robot Sales in North America So Far for 2016

Nov 9, 2016

As technology continues to advance, robots are becoming more accessible and affordable to businesses of all sizes. This means that robot sales will continue to advance and improve, as seen with the record sales in 2016. There has been 7% increase in units and 3% increase in dollars when compared to 2015, in the United States.


The robot­ic indus­try is becom­ing wide­ly inno­v­a­tive, pro­duc­ing con­sis­tent and qual­i­ty prod­ucts, and giv­ing com­pa­nies a com­pet­i­tive advan­tage for a wide vari­ety of appli­ca­tions across the world. It is not too late to inte­grate indus­tri­al robot­ics; in fact, there is no bet­ter time, than now!

The proof is in the North Amer­i­can sales sta­tis­tics; it is esti­mat­ed that 2016 will go down in the books for record break­ing robot orders and ship­ments in North Amer­i­ca. Over­all, North Amer­i­can com­pa­nies have ordered a val­ue of $1.3 bil­lion robots (around 23,985 robots) just in the first nine months of 2016! This is a 7% increase in units and 3% increase in dol­lars when com­pared to 2015, which held the pre­vi­ous record. Accord­ing to RIA, there are around 269,000 robots in North Amer­i­can fac­to­ries, third to Japan and China. 

RIA states that these record sales were dri­ven by the strong demand from auto­mo­tive OEMs and com­po­nent sup­pli­ers. In this indus­try alone, robot orders were up 14% before the year’s end. In addi­tion, the food and con­sumer foods indus­try con­tin­ues to increase by an aston­ish­ing 40%, every year.

Anoth­er big indi­ca­tor of the ris­ing inter­est in robot­ics is the growth seen in the mem­ber­ship of RIA and their net­work­ing events. Mem­ber­ships are up around the globe and there was record atten­dance, by com­pa­nies of all sizes and inter­ests, at the Nation­al Robot Safe­ty con­fer­ence and Inter­na­tion­al Col­lab­o­ra­tive Robots Workshop. 

RIA is look­ing for­ward to record atten­dance at the Auto­mate 2017 trade show in Chica­go, already esti­mat­ing a 20% increase than the one in 2015. This tradeshow is also expect­ed to include small and medi­um sized com­pa­nies who are begin­ning to real­ize the ben­e­fits and fur­ther explore their automa­tion options as things become more afford­able. Check out the Auto­mate 2017 show here.

It is now appar­ent that this world is aware and eager to learn more about all of the ben­e­fits automa­tion has to offer. It seems as if a wide range of man­u­fac­tur­ers con­tin­ue to be very inter­est­ed in keep­ing up with and learn­ing about the lat­est inno­va­tions that are con­tin­u­ing to expand, world­wide. Up is the only way to go from here; when a man­u­fac­tur­er inte­grates indus­tri­al robots they instant­ly add cre­ativ­i­ty, incred­i­ble prod­uct qual­i­ty, and high speeds to their prod­uct line. 

Robots​.com rep­re­sen­ta­tives are proud inte­gra­tors of Fanuc, Motoman, Uni­ver­sal Robots, KUKA, and ABB sys­tems. They are ready to help you inte­grate automa­tion whether it be a pre-made work­cell or a cus­tomized sys­tem just for your product.

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