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Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets

Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets

  • June 2016
  • ID: 118581


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Use this report to:
- Gain insight into the robotics industry and current and future market scenarios broken into various segments such as region, type of robot, end-user, applications, and category of robotic products.
- Understand recent trends and key developments in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.
- Assess major commercial and non-commercial participants of the global robotics community and lists of major company profiles and academic organizations, actively involved in robotic research projects.

- The global robotics market reached nearly $24.9 billion in 2015. The market should reach over $25.9 billion and $31.5 billion in 2016 and 2021 respectively, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% from 2016 to 2021.
- The robotics market for the Asia-Pacific region reached $9.1 billion in 2015. The market should reach nearly $10.0 billion in 2016 and $11.8 billion in 2021, increasing at a CAGR of 3.6% from 2016 to 2021.
- Europe Plus as a segment for robotics reached $5.4 billion in 2015, and should reach over $5.6 billion and $7.5 billion in 2016 and 2021 respectively, increasing at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2016 to 2021.

Introduction & Scope


The goal of this study was to examine the robotics industry from the research laboratory to the replacement parts business and, based upon that analysis, forecast global and regional demand for robots between 2016 and 2021. The objective of this report is to present the findings of that study and the forecast in a series of 86 tables that present the market by region, by type of robot, by robot–user, by robot–performed task, and by category of robotic products.

In late 2010, BCC Research noted that the robotics industry was in the early stages of a fundamental change in where and how robots would be used in the future. One signal of that change was a rise in the number of U.S. patent filings that referenced robots. A second signal was the nature of the intellectual property those patents sought to protect. A significant number focused on improving a robot’s ability to spontaneously
interact with its surroundings. In other words, they represented steps toward endowing robots with situational awareness. Achieving situational awareness is the long sought after Holy Grail of robotics. A situationally aware robot can be truly autonomous, adjusting for unanticipated events that stand in the way of accomplishing a goal, much like a human. A machine capable of sharing work space with humans and
simultaneously working on the same work piece represented the opening of a new industrial era in which robots were seen less as tools and more as a co–worker. By the closing of 2015 it became clear to all those following the industry that the age of the collaborative robot had begun.

Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets offers a granular level of detail that can be useful to executive and senior managers across the full spectrum of manufacturing and marketing activities in:
- Aerospace.
- Electronics manufacturing.
- Agriculture.
- Food processing.
- Alternate energy systems.
- Healthcare.
- Automotive manufacturing.
- Home care.
- Border protection.
- Law enforcement.
- Chemical and fuel processing.
- Medicine and surgery.
- Commercial building maintenance.
- Non–defense governmental activities.
- Construction.
- Consumer products manufacturing.
- Pharmaceutical manufacturing.
- Defense–related governmental activities.
- Textile and clothing manufacturing.
- Education and research.
- Unmanned aerial, maritime, and surface vehicle production.

Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets provides both a review of recent key developments in robotics and a forecast that examines the industry from the perspective of robot makers and their traditional and prospective end users.

Forecasts have been generated by region, by type of robot, by robot–user, by robot–assigned task, and by type of robotic product and market region. Five types of robots are discussed and forecast in this report: industrial robots, professional service robots, military robots, domestic service robots, and security robots. Sixteen types of robot users are covered: aerospace manufacturing, agricultural, automotive manufacturing, building maintenance, chemical and fuel processing, construction, consumer products manufacturing, education and research, electrical and electronics manufacturing, food processing, government – defense, government – non–defense, healthcare, households, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and textile and clothing manufacturing.

Nineteen robot–performed tasks are examined: assembly; assisted transport; building security; construction and demolition; couriers and guides; dispensing; entertainment; floor maintenance; exterior maintenance; hazardous materials disposal; inspection and sample collection; laboratory bench assistance; material handling; painting, coating and gluing; palletizing and packaging; part cutting and forming; surgery; surveillance;
and welding and soldering. Four robotic products groups are reviewed: whole robots, robot parts, robot software and robot safety materials.

The study examined the factor driving the potential robotics market in 74 countries with a sufficient economic and manufacturing structure to adopt robotic technology. For forecasting purposes those countries were divided among three geographic and one non–geographic groups. In the report we identify those market groups as:
Asia–Pacific, Europe Plus, North America, and Other markets.
Asia–Pacific contains 14 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, China–Mainland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Europe Plus contains 31 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
North America contains four regions: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
Other markets covers 25 countries: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela.

The study itself is divided into 11 chapters and contains 108 tables. The Summary and Introduction chapters are followed by chapters that reflect the five market perspectives on the robotics industry: by type of robot, by region, and so forth. Chapters eight and nine discuss basic and advanced robotic technology, including recent developments. Chapter Ten summarizes recent patent activity including abstracts of key robotic
patents. Chapter Eleven describes major commercial and non–commercial participants the global robotics community and lists with postal addresses more than 112 academic organizations actively involved in research projects. Market estimates and forecasts are provided in constant U.S. dollars, unadjusted for inflation.

This study excludes software applications known as internet robots, automated machine tools, customer service kiosks such as automatic teller machines, implanted medical devices, active prosthetics, robots used in space exploration, and power–assisted "exoskeletons." Robot kits for hobbyists have been omitted, as have robot–related engineering and system integration services.

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this report. BCC Research has reviewed more than 1,000 companies and university–based robotics programs to obtain data for this study. It also reviewed reports and studies prepared for peer–reviewed professional literature, as well as reports by the technical staffs of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Energy Information Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Science Foundation. Also consulted were Chinese, European, and Japanese counterparts of these organizations, as well as the United Nations and the World Bank. Other data came from robotics companies and robotics association presentations at open sessions of scientific and technical conferences. Forecasts in this report examine demand for robots by region and by robot type.

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