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More robots build US cars

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

The US car industry continues to be a big user of robots. 

The robot density in the US automotive industry hit a new record of 1,287 installed units per 10,000 employees, ranking the country seventh worldwide. 

The density is similar to Germany (1,311 units) and Japan (1,248 units). China is in twelfth place with 938 units. 

The figures come from the latest World Robotics statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

“Automation is the key not only to post-pandemic recovery, but to post-pandemic growth and progress,” says Milton says Milton Guerry, President of the IFR. “In the upswing after the 2008 financial crisis, companies like General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, and Tesla invested extensively in robotics and automation. As a result, thousands of new jobs were created within the automotive industry. So many years and technological advancements later, we have the opportunity to learn from this success story and emerge even stronger than before.”

However, robot density in the general industry is still comparatively low with only 139 units per 10,000 employees. 

Overall, in all surveyed countries worldwide, the potential for robot installations in the general industry is encouraging said the IFR. In the US for example, yearly orders of robots from non-automotive sectors surpassed automotive robot orders for the first time. 

Sales of robotic units in the US increased 7% in 2020 from 2019. Year-over-year orders in life sciences increased by 72%, food and consumer goods grew by 60%, and plastics and rubber saw a 62% increase.

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