The global industrial robotics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% to 2020, reaching a market size of $41.17 billion in 2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research, titled “Industrial Robotics Market (Products, Functions, Applications and Geography) – Global Analysis, Industry Growth, Trends, Size, Share, Opportunities and Forecast – 2013 – 2020”. The market was valued at $26.78 billion in 2012. Robotics market was fueled by rapid growth in automation demands and reduction of duties on refurbished goods in Asia Pacific region.
Among major robot types i.e. articulated robots, cylindrical robots, SCARA robots, and cartesian robots; articulated robots is the largest segment, accounting for $12.97 billion in 2012, owing to increasing usage of these robots currently in emerging industries such as packaging and healthcare sectors. However, cylindrical robots and other types of robots such as customized and refurbished robots are expected to grow at significant pace in the coming years due to their increasing demand in industrial sectors in Asia Pacific region. Cylindrical and other types of robots are estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% and 7.5%, respectively, over the forecasted period.
The market of robots is segmented into automotive industry, electrical & electronics, chemical, rubber & plastics, machinery, metals industry, food & beverages, precision & optics, etc. Automotive industry segment dominated the market in 2012 at $7.37 billion, but in the coming years is expected to witness low growth. The food and beverages segment is expected to see highest growth rate of 6.9% over the forecast period owing to rising food and beverages industry. Moreover, the rising need and customized solutions to make the process faster especially in unexplored regions such as Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa is forecast to drive the growth in food and beverages industry.
On the basis of functions performed by such robots, the market is segmented into soldering and welding, materials handling, assembling & disassembling, painting and dispensing, cutting and processing, milling, and others,. Materials handling is the largest segment by function in the industrial robotics market.
In 2012, Asia Pacific was the largest revenue generator that accounted for 49.45% of the total market share. The dominance of Asia Pacific is attributed to growth in number of countries such as China, India, Japan, Taiwan and Australia among others investing heavily in research and development infrastructure developments. Rapid growth in automation demands coupled with reduction of duties on refurbished goods has also fueled growth in the industrial robotics market. Similarly, North America and Europe collectively accounted for over one-third of the market share, as these regions have been continually focusing on research and development and have been using industrial robotics for the same.