Non-automotive industries driving record robot sales

North American robot sales. | Credit: A3

Robotics sales increased 37% in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. In Q3, North American companies ordered 9,928 robots valued at $513 million. Nearly two-thirds of orders (6,302) in Q3 came from non-automotive industries.

Auto vs Non Auto Sales Chart

A3 predicts 2021 will be the biggest year ever for robotics orders in North America. Sales from non-automotive industries in Q3 saw the following increases over the same quarter in 2020: automotive, agriculture, construction, electronics, food processing, life sciences, metalworking, warehousing.

  • Metals: 183%
  • Food and Consumer Goods: 40%
  • Semi and Electronics/Photonics: 26%
  • Plastics and Rubber: 10%
  • All Other Industries: 97%
  • “The pandemic put a spotlight on the benefits that automated processes bring – from the ability to ramp-up and scale-up production quickly and efficiently,” said Carl Doeksen, global robotics/automation director, 3M’s Abrasive Systems Division.

    Robotics Sales by Industry Chart

    In September 2021, SoftBank, a Japanese conglomerate, invested $200 million in service robotics company Keenon Robotics. This is a trend that, according to Burnstein, can be seen all over the world. “They’re looking at robotics, so the long term looks extremely bright,” Burnstein said.

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