China is the world’s largest consumer of industrial robots for 8 consecutive years

The photo shows a robot during the World Robot Conference 2021 held in Beijing from September 10 to 13. (Photo/China News Service)

(ECNS) — China has been the world’s largest consumer of industrial robots for eight consecutive years, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The ministry released a jointly developed development plan for the robotics industry in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) at the conference.

“Every 1,000 workers in China’s manufacturing industry could work with 246 robots in 2020, nearly double the global average level,” said Wang Weiming, an official with the ministry.

In 2020, the robot industry’s turnover exceeded 100 billion yuan (about $15.7 billion) for the first time. During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2015-2020), the compound annual growth rate was about 15%, during which the production of industrial robots increased from 72,000 sets to 212,000 sets, with an average annual growth of 31%, Wang said.

During the 13th Five-Year Plan, the application of robots has greatly expanded in China, covering 52 industries such as automotive, electronics, metallurgy, light industry, petrochemicals and medicine. In addition, large-scale applications have been realized in warehousing and logistics, education and entertainment, cleaning services, security inspections and medical rehabilitation, added Mr. Wang.

The development plan for China’s robot industry during the 14th Five-Year Plan has set targets for industrial innovation, providing high-end products, applications, optimizing industrial structure, etc.

Mavis R. Bernier