News figures released from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) have shown a growth in the North American robotics market, where total installations in manufacturing rose by 12% to 41,624 units in 2022.
The data shows that the automotive industry is the most robot-dense in terms of installations, with companies based in the US, Canada and Mexico installing 20,391 industrial robots, an increase of 30% compared to 2021.
“North America represents the second largest operational stock of industrial robots in the world after China,” said Marina Bill, president of the International Federation of Robotics.
“The United States, Canada, and Mexico are key markets in the global growth of robotics automation, and the automotive sector is leading the way.”
In the US, demand from car makers and manufacturers of components increased by 48% in 2022, with the installations total reflecting the cyclical demand pattern of this market segment.
After a decline from 15,397 units in 2017 to 9,854 units in 2021, installations surged to 14,594 units in 2022.
Installation counts in other industries that exceed 4,000 units in North America are: electrical/electronics (+28%), metal and machinery (-9%) and plastic and chemical products (-4%), each of which represent a 9% market share of industrial robot installations in 2022.