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The Indian automotive industry is a big user of robots and leading supplier ABB predicts that the country’s industrial automation market is expected to grow by more than 10% per year until 2023.
As a backdrop, robot installations in India grew at a compound annual rate of 20% between 2013 and 2018.
Sami Atiya was speaking to Mint last March and highlighted the fact that ABB has supplied, worldwide, over 400,000 robots since its first microprocessor-controlled robot was launched way back in 1974.
Atiya is president of Robotics and Discrete Automation at ABB and remarked how robots had changed over the years, from simple machines back in the 1970s to sophisticated AI-powered robots nowadays. And from just a few machines, ABB now has an extensive range which handles a wide range of applications.
As for what is the key driver in the Indian automotive market, Atiya was clear, and it's a trend which runs across to many worldwide markets, mass customisation. Manufacturing must be flexible and able to rapidly adapt to changing tastes trends. The life cycles of products are continually shortening and new products are launched very quickly, measured now in days, not weeks, or months.
The ‘Make in India’ programme is also driving growth and manufacturing accounts for nearly 20% of the country’s GDP.
As for which sector is the largest adopter of robotic solutions in India, automotive is head and shoulders above the rest, although other industries such as logistics, food and beverage, and electronics, are quickly starting to embrace automation.