Industrial Robotics Market to Reach Nearly 149 Thousand Units by 2012, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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Advancements in the fields of robotics and machine vision led to the development of various new robots for use in diversified sectors such as consumer electronics, military applications, entertainment and personal assistants. These robots, including pet dogs, automated vacuum cleaners, robotic fish, reconnaissance robots and humanoid robots are capable of recognizing, understanding and performing human actions. Demand for industrial robots is expected to be nearly 149 thousand units by 2012.

Industrial Robotics: A Global Strategic Business Report

Industrial robotics market is anticipated to gain from new emerging markets, reduced costs of robotics automation and technological advancements in the fields of robotics, machine vision and distributed motion control. Demand is expected to continue for robots used in hazardous manufacturing environment dealing with toxic materials and explosives such as munitions assembly, automotive airbag, chemical wafer processing and radioactive parts handling. Requirement of robots exists even in heavy material handling & palletizing applications so as to meet government regulations & to safeguard operators. New emerging areas such as high-volume toy manufacturing, medical and healthcare industries are boosting demand for robots. Global industrial robotics market is dominated by Japan. Europe and Japan, together account for over 70% of the global industrial robot market. Industrial robots market in Asia-Pacific is expected to cross 27,000 units mark in 2008. Japan accounts for about 52% of the global assembly robot market, the largest application for industrial robots.

Welding robots market account for a major share of industrial robotics industry in all the major regions of the world, except for Japan and Asia-Pacific markets, where assembly robots lead the pack. Robot requirement continues to increase in machine loading applications, particularly in applications entailing integrated inprocess inspections. As customers look out for high precision, high flexibility and more design life, industrial robots are also found essential in laboratory-automation. Robotics market is poised to grow with increasing applications of material handling, a major demand driver for robots in industries. Even palletizing applications drive growth for robots, as product mix demands highly flexible automation systems compared to hard automation palletizers prevailing in the market. In the US, welding and material handling represent the major applications for robots.

Robotics industry is poised to grow with declining costs and increasing requirements for automation. Even the testing and debugging times to solve system problems are highly reduced. With the introduction of PC platforms, maintenance of robotic systems on the factory floor has become an easy and simple task. Though some of the manufacturing operations are outsourced, most of the conventional manufacturing applications and newly emerging markets ensure growth. Applications in semiconductor industry, medical device manufacturing, laboratory automation, and pharmaceutical and health care are expected to highly influence growth for robotics market, as these applications require high production yields apart from operator safety and contamination control. The technological advancements seen in the industry are expected to lift the robotics market from the recession times.

Major players in the marketplace include ABB Limited, Adept Technology, Inc., American Robot Corporation, Denso Wave Incorporated, Evolution Robotics, Inc., FANUC Ltd, FANUC Robotics America, Inc, iRobot Corporation, Kawasaki Robotics Inc, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Matsushita Welding Systems Co., Ltd, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp, Nachi Robotic Systems Inc., RoboGroup TEK Ltd., Rockwell Automation Inc, ST Robotics, STAUBLI Corporation, and YASKAWA Electric Corporation.

"Industrial Robotics: A Global Strategic Business Report", published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, product profile, recent developments, mergers, acquisitions, profiles of major players and other strategic industry activities. Analysis is presented for major geographic markets such as the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Spain, Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, South Korea, Taiwan), and Rest of World. Analytics for the period 2002 through 2012 are provided in terms of application segments including assembly robots market, material application robots market, material handling robots market, measuring/inspecting/testing robots market, and welding robots market.

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