May 31, 2022

KUKA A3Q1 22 400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported that North American companies purchased the most robots ever in a single quarter during Q1 2022, with 11,595 robots sold at a value of $646 million. The Q1 numbers represent a growth of 28% over Q1 2021, and 7% higher than Q4 2021, the previous best quarter. Each industry segment experienced double-digit growth over the same quarter of 2021, A3 added.

“Every industry, including agriculture, construction, retail and hospitality, is now looking at how they can take advantage of robotics to make their companies more successful,” said Alex Shikany, the vice president of membership and business intelligence at A3. “These companies recognize what we at A3 have long believed, that robots can not only take over the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs that are so hard to fill, but they can save and create jobs as automation helps them grow their business.”

The numbers for Q1 2022 mark the seventh out of the last nine quarters where non-automotive customers have ordered more robots than automotive customers, A3 said. 

RobotSalesA3 Q12022

Source: Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Non-automotive customers ordered 6,122 units in the first quarter, compared to 5,476 ordered by automotive-related customers. Unit sales to automotive OEMs were up 15%, while orders from automotive component companies were up 22%. Unit sales to non-automotive industries saw the following increases in Q1 over the same period of 2021:

  • Metals: up 40%
  • Plastics and Rubber: up 29%
  • Semiconductors and Electronics/Photonics: up 23%
  • Food and Consumer Goods: up 21%
  • Life Sciences/Pharma/Biomed: up 14%
  • All Other Industries: up 56%

“As robots continually become easier to use and more affordable, we expect to see adoption continue to rise in every industry, and at companies of all sizes,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “There are hundreds of thousands of companies in North America who have yet to install even one robot.”

A3 will hold its Automate trade show and conference next week, June 6-9, in Detroit, which includes manufacturers and systems integrators involved in robotics, machine vision, motion control, artificial intelligence, and smart automation.

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