March of the Robots

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Confirmed by the International Federation of Robotics, the automation of production continues to accelerate around the world with robot density on the rise.

Their latest World Robot Statistics report revealed that 74 robots units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in manufacturing industries, up from 66 units in 2015.

By region, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, 84 in the Americas and 63 units in Asia. The top 10 most automated countries in the world are as follows; South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, the US, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan. The region with the highest growth rate of robot density, unsurprisingly is Asia. Between 2010 and 2016, its average annual growth rate was 9%, compared to 7% in the Americas and 5% in Europe.

So where does this leave the UK? Presently ranked 22nd (71 units against 74 world average), the low robot density rate indicates that industry in general is highly in need of investment in order to modernise and increase productivity.

Despite the UK’s decision to quit the EU, there are many suggested investment plans for capacity expansion and modernisation programmes, particularly in view of the advancement of smart manufacturing. Though what’s not certain is whether companies will hold back on these investments due to uncertainties concerning trade arrangements.

James Sloane is our Automation Specialist