Reposted from SME.org Manufacturing Engineering – Published Date: February 23, 2015
Robotic Industries Association
(Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) – Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.
A total of 27,685 robots valued at $1.6 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28% in units and 19% in dollars over 2013. Robot shipments also set new records, with 25,425 robots valued at $1.5 billion being shipped to North American customers in 2014. Shipments grew 13% in units and six percent in dollars over the previous records set in 2013.
The automotive industry was the primary driver of growth in 2014, with robot orders increasing 45% year over year. Non-automotive industries also performed well throughout the year, growing seven percent in total over 2013. The standout non-automotive industries in 2014 in terms of order growth were Plastics and Rubber (25%), Semiconductor and Electronics (21%), and Metals (16%).
According to Alex Shikany, Director of Market Analysis for RIA, the fastest growing applications for robot orders in North America in 2014 were Arc Welding (+58%), Spot Welding (+57%), Assembly (+16%), and Material Handling (+11%). RIA estimates that some 230,000 robots are now at use in United States factories, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use.
“This is an extremely exciting time to be involved in the robotics industry,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA. “Record sales performance, groundbreaking innovation, and increasing consumer interest all make the robotics industry so dynamic.”
Burnstein noted that the RIA and its parent group the Association for Advancing Automation are seeing the impacts of the growth in demand for automation in events like the upcoming Automate 2015 trade show. “With six weeks to go, the exhibit floor at Automate 2015 is already over 70% larger than our 2013 event,” he said. “This growth is attributed to the fact that leading automation companies are reaching out to small and medium sized customers, many of whom are just now beginning to explore automation. This group makes up the core of the Automate 2015 attendee base, and early indicators are that the attendance in 2015 will be more than 50% higher than two years ago.”
Automate 2015, the industry’s leading event, will take place March 23-26, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event also features the International Symposium on Robotics, which was last held in the US in 2011. For complete details on Automate, which is held every two years, visit www.automateshow.com.
About Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Founded in 1974, RIA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to improving the regional, national and global competitiveness of the North American manufacturing and service sectors through promotion and enhancement of robotics and related automation. RIA represents 340 robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, consulting firms, research groups, and educational institutions. The association hosts a number of events including the International Collaborative Robots Workshop, the National Robot Safety Conference, the Robotics Industry Forum (February 3-5, 2016 in Orlando, FL) and the biennial Automate Show & Conference (March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago). RIA also provides quarterly robotics statistics and has a content-rich website, Robotics Online. For more details on RIA, visit www.robotics.org or call 734/994-6088.
About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control Association (MCA). RIA, AIA, and MCA combined represent some 800 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward.