IFR: Robot Sales Surge 27%
June 23, 2022
of industrial robots have reached a strong recovery: A new record of
486,800 units were shipped globally – an increase of 27% compared to the
previous year. Asia/Australia saw the largest growth in demand:
installations were up 33% reaching 354,500 units. The Americas increased
by 27% with 49,400 units sold. Europe saw double digit growth of 15%
with 78,000 units installed. These preliminary results for 2021 have
been published by the International Federation of Robotics.
“Robot installations around the world recovered strongly and make 2021
the most successful year ever for the robotics industry,” says Milton
Guerry, President of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).
“Due to the ongoing trend towards automation and continued technological
innovation, demand reached high levels across industries. In 2021, even
the pre-pandemic record of 422,000 installations per year in 2018 was
The Americas recovered
the Americas, the number of industrial robot installations reached the
second-best result ever, only surpassed by the record year 2018 (55,200
installations). The largest American market, the United States, shipped
33,800 units – this represents a market share of 68%.
Asia remains the world’s largest industrial robot market: 73% of all newly deployed robots in 2021 were installed in Asia. A total of 354,500 units were shipped in 2021, up 33% compared to 2020. The electronics industry adopted by far the most units (123,800 installations, +22%), followed by a strong demand from the automotive industry (72,600 installations, +57%) and the metal and machinery industry (36,400 installations, +29%).