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.
In 2015, after much research, I wrote about China having 194 robot companies and used screen shots of The Robot Report's Global Map to show where they were and a chart to show their makeup. We've just concluded another research project and have added hundreds of new Chinese companies to the database and global map. China installed 90,000 robots in 2016, 1/3 of the world's total and a 30% increase over 2015. Simply said, China has three drivers helping them move toward country-wide adoption of robotics: scale, growth momentum, and money. Startup companies can achieve scale quickly because the domestic market is so large.
The use of industrial robots in factories around the world is accelerating at a high rate: 126 robots per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries – nearly double the number five years ago (2015: 66 units). This is according to the 2021 World Robot Report. By regions, the average robot density in Asia/Australia is 134 units, in Europe 123 units and in the Americas 111 units. The top 5 most automated countries in the world are: South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Germany, and Sweden. "Robot density is the barometer to track the degree of automation adoption in the manufacturing industry around the world," says Milton Guerry, President of the International Federation of Robotics.
Witnessing a significant uptake of robotics-focused innovation in its home market, China is working on robust measures to become a global innovation hub for the worldwide robotics industry in the next five years, China Daily reported. The report also stated that the world's fastest growing economy is also hoping to achieve breakthroughs in robotics components and widen the application of smart machines in more sectors. It is also be augmenting its capabilities in certain critical components such as servomotors and control panels. Wang Weiming, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told the state-owned newspaper that the ministry aims to double its manufacturing robot density by 2025. "The goal is that by 2025, the performance and reliability of these homegrown key components can reach the level of advanced foreign products," Wang said.
For one 43-year-old Beijing patient, relief had seemed an impossible dream. His arm had been numb for 14 months and every hospital he went to gave him the same answer to his questions about a remedy. Surgeons told him that the risks of mass bleeding, stroke or even paralysis were too great with the delicate operation needed to fix the abnormalities in his spine and skull that were causing the condition. Then three years ago the patient met Tian Wei, a top spinal surgeon at Beijing's Jishuitan Hospital and an advocate of using robotics in medical operations. Tian and his team used a technology called the TiRobot system to create a 3D scan of the patient's torso and plot a surgical path to the affected area.