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Statistics on robots

According to http://www.worldrobotics.org/index.php

 

Total worldwide stock of operational industrial robots at the end of 2007 amounts between a minimum of 994,000 units and a possible maximum of 1,200,000 units. The minimum figure is based on the assumption that the average length of service life is 12 years. A UNECE/IFR pilot study has indicated that the average service life might in fact be as long as 15 years, which would result in1,200,000 units.

 

Multipurpose industrial robots (Number of units)

Source: IFR (International Federation of Robotics), national robot associations and UNECE

 

Country

Operational stock at year-end

2007

2008

2011

America (including USA)

165,328

176,500

204,200

Asia/Australia

498,786

512,600 0

589,900

China

23,908

31,400

57,900

Japan

356,240

353,300 0

355,200

Republic of Korea

72,972

77,300

101,700

Europe

328,568

345,200

389,300

France

33,462

34,500

33,462

Germany

140,161

145,200

158,100

Italy

61,589

64,500

70,100

Spain

2,709

2,409

27,367

Sweden

865

1,046

8,830

United Kingdom

15,340

15,300

13,800

Central/Eastern European countries

1,324

2,138

7,796

Africa

1,323

1,600

2,800

Total

994,005

1,035,900

1,185,900

Robot density in 2007 (number of robotsper 10,000 persons employed)

 

Country
Manufacturing industry
Motor vehicle industry
Japan

310

2,100

Republic of Korea

185

 

Germany

234

1,439

Italy

116

1,772

United States

116

997

Sweden

115

600

Finland

96

 

France

82

929

United Kingdom

 

794

Spain

77

763

 

The densities in Denmark, Austria, the Benelux, Switzerland, Australia and the United Kingdom ranged between 76 and 50. In Norway, the density was 32 and in Portugal 20. Countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with the exception of the Czech Republic, have even lower densities.

The highest robot density is in the motor vehicle industry – 2 robots per 10 workers.

 

See also table infigindustrialrobots3


Service robots for professional use: 49,000 units installed up to the end of 2007

Including:

defense, rescue and security applications – 12,008 units (25%)

field robots (mainly milking robots) –20%

cleaning robots –12%

underwater systems–12%

construction and demolition robots – 9%

medical robots – 9%

mobile robot platforms for general use – 7.4% .

 

Service robots for personal and private use: about 3.4 million units for domestic use and about 2.0million units for entertainment and leisure

 

See also tables in servicerobots

 

Prepared by Galina Vitkova

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