In 2016, robot sales increased by 16% to 294,312 units. This figure reaches a new high for the fourth year in a row.
The spectacular breakthrough of the Asian market
For the fourth year in a row, Asia is the fastest growing market in the world (190,492 robots sold in 2016, + 19%).
China is the largest robotics market in the world since 2013.
The main driver of growth in 2016 was, as in 2015, the electrical-electronics industry (+ 41%).
The automotive industry remains the main customer of industrial robots (35%).
The most automated countries are those with the lowest unemployment rate.