ANN ARBOR, Mich. – North American robot unit orders are up 5.2 percent through the third quarter, compared to 2018 results. So far this year, North American companies have ordered 23,894 robotic units, valued at US$1.3 billion.
Looking at third-quarter results only, North American companies ordered 7,446 robots, valued at $438 million. Both units ordered and revenue are up one percent in the quarter compared to 2018.
The largest driver of the year-to-date growth in units ordered was an increase in orders from automotive OEMs at 47 percent, followed by plastics and rubber at 15 percent, and food and consumer goods at four percent.
“We continue to see improvement in the robotics market,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of Robotic Industries Association (RIA), and the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which collected the data.
“At this time last year we saw a dip in orders of around 15 percent, so it’s encouraging to see a recovery through the third quarter. We hope to end the year strong and see growth in 2020 as well.”