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Trends in the Market for the Robot Industry in 2012

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Trends in the Market for the Robot Industry in 2012 Summary of Survey Results

 

July 18, 2013
Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau,
Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

1. Market for Industrial Robots

  •  The global market for industrial robots has grown by about 60% in the last five years in monetary terms. The market size in 2011 was 8.497 billion dollars (662.8 billion yen), of which Japanese enterprises accounted for a share of 50.2%. The global market in a broad sense including electronic packaging robots was about 13.369 billion dollars (1.0428 trillion yen), of which Japanese enterprises accounted for a share of 57.3%.
  •  Although the Japanese market has decreased by about 25% in the last five years in terms of the number of robots, it has maintained its position as the world’s biggest market overall as of 2011.
  • The Chinese market has quadrupled in the last five years, growing to a size close to that of the Japanese market in terms of the number of robots.

2. Imports and Exports of Industrial Robots

  • Exports of industrial robots from Japan have increased by about 80% in the last five years due to the global market expansion of industrial robots.
  • With the rise of the Chinese market, Germany and ROK have increased exports to China more than tenfold in the last five years, and Japan has more than quadrupled such exports, anticipating fiercer competition in the Chinese market.
Reference 1 Market Size and Export Performance in Major Countries and Regions in 2006 and 2011 (More than 30 million dollars)
Reference 1 Market Size and Export Performance in Major Countries and Regions in 2006 and 2011 (More than 30 million dollars)

3. Industrial Robot Use around the World

  •  The industrial robots in operation in Japan accounted for about 48% of those in operation around the world ten years ago, but the share has declined to about 27%. In terms of the number of robots, Japan showed a decline by 54,000 (15.0%) as well. On the other hand, the percentages for ROK, China, and Germany have increased from 5.5% (41,000 robots) to 10.8% (124,000), from 0.2% (2,000) to 6.4% (74,000), and from 13.1% (99,000) to 13.6% (157,000), respectively.
  •  The number of industrial robots used per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry in the last nine years in Japan has remained flat, at about 340, while the numbers in ROK, China, and Germany have increased from 126 to 347, from 1 to 21, and from 172 to 261, respectively.
Reference 2: Number of Industrial Robots in Operation in Major Countries and Regions
Reference 2: Number of Industrial Robots in Operation in Major Countries and Regions

 

Reference 3: Number of Industrial Robots Used per 10,000 Employees in the Manufacturing Industry in Major Countries and Regions
Reference 3: Number of Industrial Robots Used per 10,000 Employees in the Manufacturing Industry in Major Countries and Regions

4. Industrial Demand for Industrial Robots around the World

  •  As for industrial demand for industrial robots, the automobile industry and the electrical and electronics industry account for the majority, followed by the metal and machinery industry, and the plastics and chemicals industry.
  •  Looking at the number of sales by industry in major countries and regions in 2011, China reached first place (18.8%) for the automobile industry, while Japan stood at fourth (12.2%) after Germany and the United States.As for the electrical and electronics industry, ROK overtook Japan to gain first place, with the two countries’combined share reaching 67.1% of world sales. As for the metal and machinery industry, China reached first place (17.8%).
Reference 4: Share of the Number of Sales by Manufacturing Industry in Major Countries and Regions (in 2011)
Reference 4: Share of the Number of Sales by Manufacturing Industry in Major Countries and Regions (in 2011)

5. Trends concerning Industrial Robots in the Chinese Market

  • The Chinese market for industrial robots has increased by an annual average of 41% since 2001, resulting in a 32-fold expansion in the last decade. It has already become the biggest market in the world for industrial robots for the automobile industry. For the electrical and electronics industry as well, it is expected that the use of industrial robots will increase, reflecting the rise in labor costs.
  • Looking at the countries from which China imports industrial robots, Japan ranked first overwhelmingly (70.6%) and is still on an upward trend. Although exports from China have still been low, it is necessary to keep a close watch on future movements because the number of robots exported in 2011 increased by 132% year on year.
  • The importance of the Chinese market for Japanese manufacturers of industrial robots and electronic packaging robots has increased every year. The percentage of exports to China among total exports from Japan has increased from 8.5% to 20.5% in the last four years.
Reference 5: Domestic Sales Situation of Industrial Robots in China Number of Annual Domestic Sales of Robots and Year-to-year Comparison (Unit: robot)
Reference 5: Domestic Sales Situation of Industrial Robots in China Number of Annual Domestic Sales of Robots and Year-to-year Comparison (Unit: robot)

You can reach in all of report on Japanese or English from these links:

http://www.meti.go.jp/press/2013/07/20130718002/20130718002-3.pdf

http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2013/pdf/0718_02.pdf


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