20,000 autonomous mobile robots shipped in 2018

18 March 2019

More than 20,000 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were shipped in 2018. This is double the number sold the year before, according to the results of Interact Analysis’ quarterly mobile robot market tracker.

All regions (Americas, EMEA, APAC) saw growth. However, APAC and China in particular were found to be the largest driver of the volume growth.

Although the industry saw explosive demand for AMRs in 2018, the fortunes for AGV vendors was mixed. The report showed that AGV revenues (still the largest chunk of the market) grew at a more somber pace of around 10%, and the data indicated that the Americas AGV market actually dipped slightly year-over-year. 

While the figure is high, 20,000 AMR shipments is in line with the company’s forecast released early last year, where it predicted 19,738, and this seems to support its longer term forecast of 350,000 AMRs being shipped between 2018 and 2022. 

These numbers only include AMRs sold to third-parties, not those for example made by Amazon for use in their own warehouses. 

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