August 29, 2022
Robot sales in North America have hit a record high for the third-straight quarter, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which tracks sales statistics in the robotics sector. The record was driven by a resurgence in sales to automotive companies, and continuing needs to manage increased demand to automate logistics for e-commerce.
The A3 said that of the 12,305 robots sold in Q2 2022, 59% of the orders came from the automotive industry, with the remaining orders coming from non-automotive companies largely in the food & consumer goods industry, which saw a 13% increase in unit orders over the same period (April through June) in 2021.
“While automotive entities have long been the frontrunner in deploying robotics and automation, the last few years have seen food & consumer goods, life sciences and other industries grow at even higher rates,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “While this quarter shows a marked shift back to historic norms with more robots going to automotive than any other industry, the continued growth of robotics in food & consumer goods companies especially demonstrates the ongoing need to automate warehouse logistics for handling the exploding growth of ecommerce.”
The 12,305 robot units sold in Q2 2022 is 25% higher than those sold in the same period in 2021, and 6% more than sold in Q1 2022, which saw 11,595 robots sold, the A3 said. The Q2 2022 sales recorded a value of $585 million, which is the second best quarter ever for revenue, down 9% from the previous record quarter ($646 million in revenue in Q1 2022). When combined with 2022’s first quarter results, the A3 said the North American robotics market is off to its best start ever, with 23,903 robots ordered at a value of $1.249 billion.
A record Q4 in 2021 resulted in the strongest year ever for North American robot sales, with 39,708 units sold at a value of $2 billion, and the A3 said 2022 is on pace for another record year.
“The larger trend towards robots being used to benefit more companies in North America continues,” said Burnstein. “This makes it critical to educate system integrators and users now about how to deploy robots while keeping workers safe.”
A3 has several upcoming events looking to educate and showcase the latest robotics innovations, including:
- The International Safety Robotics Conference, Sept. 27-29, in Columbus, Ohio.
- The Autonomous Mobile Robot & Logistics Week, Oct. 10-13, in Boston (along with The Vision Show, which is co-located at the event).
- The A3 Business Forum, scheduled for Jan. 16-18, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
- Automate 2023, scheduled for May 22-25, in Detroit.
For more details on A3’s events and member services, visit its website here.