China to Double Amount of Industrial Robots by 2017
By 2017 china will have more robots operating in production plants that any country as China increases its automation of its car and electronic factories. The International Federation of Robotics said that China has already the biggest market in the global robot trade at US$ 9.5 billion or US$29 billion if we include associated software, systems engineering and peripherals.
In terms of robot density China still lags behind it industrialized peers since China only has 30 robots per 10,000 workers that are employed in the manufacturing industry compared to Japan that have 323 robots, Germany has 282 and 152 robots in the U.S. but due to the race to build car manufacturing plants in China sided with wage inflation which has eroded the competitiveness of labor might push the operations of industrial robots to double by 2017 or around 428,000 robots.
Companies will be force to invest more in robotics to have more productivity and increase quality. As of the moment the current phase is being pushed by the auto industry, in the next three to four years the phase will concentrate more on electronics industry.
Still Japanese robot makers still holds the largest share in the market with 60 percent but the Chinese suppliers are fast and is rapidly growing gaining about a quarter of the market while the rest is being divided with European and US manufacturers. Four foreign robot makers namely Germany’s Kuka, Japan’s Yaskawa and Fanuc plus Switzerland’s ABB already have sites in China and is expected to follow.
China’s automation of production plants is just starting and these major players are witnessing a fast and swift growth in three years which surpassed their own expectations. The automotive industry is so far the largest customer for robots in China accounting for 0 percent of robots in operation since China is the largest car market and largest production site in the world. Several European carmakers have already invested heavily in China and is bringing their suppliers along with them.