UK robot sales exceed predictions

01 February 2011

BARA, the British Automation and Robot Association, has reported that 2010 UK robot sales were up 65% on 2009 figures, reversing a five year declining trend in UK robot sales.

The annual end-of-year robot sales comparison survey carried out by BARA, which is made up of 40 robotics and automation companies, shows that the increase in UK robot sales was higher than predicted.

“The 2010 figures, the best result since 2005, paint an optimistic picture for robotics and automation,” said Mike Wilson President of BARA. Significantly, the survey shows that the automotive sector is declining, having taken 35% of sales in 2010 compared with 48% in 2006, whereas sales to late adopters of automation – namely the food, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries – are all up.

“Compared with 2006 figures, the food and drink industry is up by 228%, pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical has risen by 263%, and aerospace shows the biggest increase of all at 644%; we hope that these areas of growth can be attributed to an increase in robotics awareness within the UK market,” said Wilson.

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