Data released by the International Robotics Federation (IFR) has shown that the deployment of industrial robots has tripled during the past decade, and that China accounted for more than 50% of the near-four million installations in 2022.
As a whole, the continent of Asia led the way in robotics installations.
The ‘World Robotics report’ showed a record-breaking 553,000 industrial robots were newly installed in 2022, with operational stock totalling 3.9 million across the world by the end of last year.
Recording slightly more than 50,000 new installations, Japan came second, followed closely by the United States and South Korea.
Japan is likewise the biggest producer of industrial robots, according to the data, and reportedly accounted for 46% of global production of this type of robot in 2022.
While China is the largest market for robotics in absolute terms and in terms of growth, South Korea and Japan, showed the highest densities of manufacturing robots installed per 10,000 workers in 2021.
What’s more, South Korea saw 1,000 installed robots per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry in 2022, compared to 399 for Japan and 322 for China.
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