Robot Density Surges
December 14, 2022
China’s massive investment in industrial robotics has put the country in the top ranking of robot density, surpassing the United States for the first time. The number of operational industrial robots relative to the number of workers hit 322 units per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry. Today, China ranks in fifth place. The world´s top 5 most automated countries in manufacturing 2021 are: South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Germany and China.
“Robot density is a key indicator of automation adoption in the manufacturing industry around the world,” says Marina Bill, President of the International Federation of Robotics. “The new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industry surged to 141 robots per 10,000 employees – more than double the number six years ago. China’s rapid growth shows the power of its investment so far, but it still has much opportunity to automate.”
Driven by the high volume of robot installations in recent years, Asia’s average
robot density surged by 18% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) since 2016 to 156
units per 10,000 employees in 2021. The European robot density had been growing
by 8% (CAGR) in the same period of time reaching 129 units. In the Americas it
was 117 robots – plus 8% (CAGR).