BERLIN: The use of robots in manufacturing industries around the world is “accelerating at a high rate”, with the average density of robots nearly doubling in the past five years to 126 units per 10,000 employees in 2020, said the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
The average robot density was highest in Asia and Australia with 134 units, followed by Europe with 123 units and the Americas with 111 units, according to the “2021 World Robot Report” released by IFR.
“Robot density is the barometer for tracking the degree of adoption of automation in manufacturing across the world,” said IFR President Milton Guerry.
South Korea has the highest robot density in the world since 2010.
With 932 units per 10,000 employees, the country exceeded the world average seven times, according to the report.
“With its globally recognized electronics industry and a distinct automobile industry, the (South) Korean economy is based on the two largest areas for industrial robots,” the report said.
Since 2015, robot density has increased by 10% per year.
“The development of robot density in China is the most dynamic in the world,” the report said.
The density of robots has increased from 49 units in 2015 to 246 in 2020.
China now ranks ninth in the world, a big jump from 25th five years ago.
Germany was the most automated country in Europe with a robot density of 371 units last year.
The country’s robotics industry is “recovering, mainly driven by strong overseas business rather than the domestic or European market,” IFR noted.
In the United States, “upgrading domestic production facilities has boosted robot sales,” with robot density rising from 176 units in 2015 to 255 units last year, according to the report.
The use of industrial robots would also help the country achieve its decarbonization goals.