The average robot density in the manufacturing industry hit a new global record of 113 units per 10,000 employees. By regions, Western Europe (225 units) and the Nordic European countries (204 units) have the most automated production, followed by North America (153 units) and South East Asia (119 units). The world s top 10 most automated countries are: Singapore (1), South Korea (2), Japan (3), Germany (4), Sweden (5), Denmark (6), Hong Kong (7), Chinese Taipei (8), USA (9) and Belgium and Luxemburg (10). This is according to the latest World Robotics statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). "Robot density is the number of operational industrial robots relative to the number of workers," says Milton Guerry, President of the International Federation of Robotics.
China has unveiled a five-year plan to drive its ambition of becoming a global innovation hub for robotics by 2025. It hopes to get there by focusing on enhancements in key components such as servomotors and control panels. In releasing the five-year roadmap, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Tuesday said operating income from the country's robotics industry was projected to grow an average of 20% between 2021 and 2025. This sector expanded at an average annual growth rate of 15% between 2016 and 2020, with operating income passing 100 billion yuan ($15.69 billion) for the first time last year. An executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the $135 billion robotics market.
The rise of the machines has well and truly started. Data from the International Federation of Robotics reveals that the pace of industrial automation is accelerating across much of the developed world with 66 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees globally in 2015. A year later, that increased to 74. Europe has a robot density of 99 units per 10,000 workers and that number is 84 and 63 in the Americas and Asia respectively. China is one of the countries recording the highest growth levels in industrial automation but nowhere has a robot density like South Korea.
Launched in 2015, Made in China 2025(MIC 2025) is the Chinese government's ten-year plan to update China's manufacturing base by focussing on the country's ten high tech industries. The strategy focuses to outline Beijing's aspirations to dominate the global economy of the future, in pivot areas like new energy vehicles, advanced robotics, next-generation information technology (IT) and telecommunications, robotics and artificial intelligence. In the domain of industrial robots, China has earmarked new development plans and is making impressive progress. Conditions are ideal in China for building a thriving robotics industry, serving both the domestic and overseas market. First, the Chinese government's efforts to bring the country into the global map by offering generous tax breaks and subsidies to robotics startups.