Like our first Robot Activity Index, this quarter’s report across the robotics industry was positive, with expansions for the quarter expected across most categories.
The Futurist Institute and Robotics Business Review have partnered to survey leading robotics suppliers on a quarterly basis. The Robot Activity Index (RAI) is intended to be a vendor-neutral barometer of multiple dimensions of the economic outlook.
RAI participants noted that shipments, research and development, and internal funding remained strong.
Still, respondents to our questionnaire, which included many companies in the manufacturing and supply chain robotics space, expressed concern about access to labor.
In addition, external funding for this quarter showed an expected contraction in comparison with Q2 2018, as also discussed in RBR’s latest quarterly transactions report. It may be too soon to tell the effects of proposed restrictions on global trade, but we’ll continue watching closely.
Robot Activity Index methodology
We’ve sent the RAI questionnaire to more than 60 executives at top automation providers, as identified by The Futurist Institute and RBR’s 2018 RBR50 list of leaders in robotics, artificial intelligence, and unmanned systems.
The individual respondents are kept confidential to ensure candor and to protect competitive data. They are also invited to participate in exclusive conversations around economic conditions.
Each quarter, we ask participants a few questions about their observations of risk, confidence in their respective sectors, and more. Over time, we will track these indicators and share the trends they reveal with you.
We are looking for additional industry players for their insights. If you’re interested in participating in the Robot Activity Index, please contact Senior Editor Eugene Demaitre at [email protected] or Jason Schenker at The Futurist Institute.
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