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Robot sales in India grow by 30%

29 January 2019

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) sales of industrial robots in India reached a new record of 3,412 new units installed in 2017 – an increase of 30% compared to the previous year. Between 2012 and 2017 India saw a compound annual sales growth rate of 18%.

Broken down by industry, India’s automotive sector is the main end user with a share of 62% of the total supply in 2017. Sales rose by 27% compared to the previous year. 
“The automotive industry will remain the main driver of the increasing number of robot installations in India,” according to Junji Tsuda, president of the International Federation of Robotics. “Numerous new projects have been announced by international and domestic car manufacturers striving to expand production capacities. Moreover, OEMs increasingly require local supply of automotive parts.” 
However, there are signs that general industry is catching up with the automotive sector with an increase in the numbers of industrial robots in plastics and rubber industry, the metal industry and the electrical and electronics industry, increasing by 46%in 2017. 
“The general industry will further invest in production capacities and modernization to serve this growing consumer market,” said Tsuda. “Consequently, further acceleration of the growth in robot sales is expected between 2018 and 2021.” 

India is one of the strongest growing economies among emerging Asian markets. Since 2009, the number of robot installations has been growing rapidly. In 2017, India ranked No. 14 in terms of the global annual supply, immediately behind Thailand and Spain. As far as the operational stock is concerned, India ranked thirteenth after Canada, Spain and Singapore.  

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