Robot use down in auto industry

  • 30-Nov-2010 01:38 EST
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Robots weld the truck bed of a Ram 1500 at the Warren, MI, Truck Assembly Plant. Because of decreased vehicle production capacity, the use of robots in the auto industry is expected to decline.


The auto industry, which has traditionally been the largest single user of industrial robots, is now facing a downturn in production capacity. Despite this decline in the use of robotics over the next few years, ABI Research still sees the market for industrial robotics expanding from $5.2 billion in new robots shipped in 2010 to $8.8 billion in shipments in 2015. The recession led to a decline in robot sales in 2009, but many manufacturers have increased their spending on robotic automation this year. Said Larry Fisher, Research Director of NextGen, ABI Research’s emerging technologies research incubator, “We see the rubber and plastics industry increasingly utilizing industrial automation to the extent that, by 2015, it will be the largest consumer of industrial robotics, on a revenue basis—even larger than the auto industry.” A new ABI Research Study, “Industrial Robotics: Welding, Assembly, Coating, Dispensing, Sealing, Machining, Material Handling, and other Industrial Robots and Components,” finds that, while automotive manufacturing will shrink, on a unit basis, over the next several years, robot use will increase in applications such as food handling and processing.


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