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Robot Density: new records mark the international automation race

The update of the statistics released by the International Federation of Robotics shows how the average robot density in the global manufacturing industry has reached a new record, with 113 units per 10,000 employees in 2019. The robot density indicates, in fact, the number of robots operating in the industry in relation to the number of workers.

Two rankings compared

The measurement of this level allows comparisons to be made between countries with different economic significance in the development of automation.

Analyzing the situation by region, Western Europe, with 225 units, and Northern Europe, with 204, have the most automated production. North America (153 units) and Southeast Asia (119) follow.

The ranking, as regards the nations, is instead the following: Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, China Taipei, USA and Belgium / Luxembourg in tenth place.

The Asian primacy

The figures for Singapore in 2019 remain astonishing, with 918 units for every 10,000 workers. In this country, the electronics industry is the first customer of industrial robots, with shares of 75% of total operating inventories.

South Korea ranks second, with 868 units. The country is the market leader in the production of liquid crystal displays and memory chips. Korea also dominates in the manufacture of motor vehicles and electric car batteries.

The third place goes to Japan (364 units), which has the world dominance in the production of robots. In fact, 47% of global robot manufacturing is carried out in Japan.

The European champions of robots

In Europe, Germany commands, with 364 units. 38% of the continent’s industrial robots operate in German factories, with particular pervasiveness in the automotive sector.

Sweden holds the silver medal for Europe, with 274 units, ferried by the metallurgical and automotive industries.

Denmark is on the third step of the podium, 34 units behind Sweden.

What about Italy?

Italy ranks eleventh at the international level and fifth at the European level.The 212 units per 10,000 workers place Italy well above the international average, managing to almost double it.

So how will the robot race continue and what consequences will it have on the industry and its workers?

Source: IFR

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