The North American robotics market had its best-ever year of robot shipments in 2013, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA) data, although robot orders were down from a strong year in 2012.
There were 22,591 robots, valued at $1.39 billion, shipped to North American companies in 2013, which beat the record of 20,328 robots, valued at $1.29 billion, set in 2012. The 2013 totals marked 11% growth in units and 7% in dollars.
Including sales by North American robot suppliers to companies outside North America, the total is 25,772 robots, valued at $1.57 billion.
New orders in 2013 were for 21,562 robots, valued at $1.34 billion, from North American companies, down 5% in units and down 10% in dollars from 2012. Despite contracting from the 2012, 2013 new robot orders were still the second highest annual figures ever for North America.
The top industries in terms of units ordered in 2013 were:
• life sciences (+73%)
• food and consumer goods (+67%)
“The total number of robots ordered for use in non-automotive industries grew 22% over 2012,” said Alex Shikany, Director of Market Analysis for RIA.
In terms of applications for robot orders, increases were seen in:
• assembly, up 61%
• material handling, up 13%
• coating & dispensing, up 5%
In the fourth quarter of 2013 the robotics market in North America reported 5,831 robot orders—the third-highest quarterly total ever recorded since RIA began tracking data in 1984.
to Daily News