The North American industrial automation market is growing at a healthier-than-expected rate, according to a report released last week by the Association for Advancing Automation, or A3. While it’s easy to assume that automotive manufacturing is already a heavy user of robotics, the recent growth demonstrates that there’s still plenty of room for adoption across industries.
“Based on the worldwide forecast from the IFR [International Federation of Robotics], we expected 10% to 15% growth in the region,” said Alex Shikany, director of market analysis at A3 in Ann Arbor, Mich. “If we contextualize with their numbers, we’ve outperformed. It’s surprising that we’re up this much year over year, but it’s not completely divergent from the overall trend.”
Automotive drives adoption
“Automotive had a great first half [of 2017] in OEM and component supplier orders,” Shikany said. “But it was also the best first half in non-automotive industry. That’s great news, no matter how you slice it.”
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