[Frankfurt, Tokyo] Japan is the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial robots, providing 45% of the global supply. In recent years, the country’s robot suppliers have significantly increased their production capacity: their export rate increased to 78% in 2020, when 136,069 industrial robots were shipped. These are results published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) ahead of the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) in Tokyo, March 9-12, 2022.
“Japanese industrial robot exports have averaged a compound annual growth rate of 6% over the past five years,” said Milton Guerry, president of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). “At the same time, robot imports have always been extremely low. In 2020, only 2% of Japanese installations were imported. Japan’s domestic robot market is the second largest in the world after China.
Japan’s success in China
36% of Japan’s robotics and automation technology exports went to China. Like other international robot suppliers, Japanese manufacturers also serve the Chinese market directly from their factories in China. These factories in the world’s largest market for industrial robots proved to be a major asset in 2020, when international supply chains were disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Japanese suppliers were able to take full advantage of China’s post-crisis boom that started in the second quarter of 2020 and accelerated in the second half.
Rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic
With a market share of 22%, the United States is the other top market for Japanese robotics and automation technology exports. Both countries – the United States and China – are expected to rebound further from the Covid-19 pandemic. Together with the domestic market, major export destinations will ensure the demand for Japanese robotics.
“Robots in Everyday Life” – iREX Tokyo
“Japan is a highly robotic country and a world leader in the use of robots in daily life,” says Dr. Susanne Bieller, Secretary General of the International Federation of Robotics. “This year’s iREX exhibition in Tokyo will focus on pathways to a friendlier society, united by robots. iREX will show how robots are increasingly shaping our daily lives, for example by improving the quality and availability of products we receive, the reduction of carbon emissions, health outcomes or care for the elderly.
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