World Robotics 2021 – Service robots report launched


The marketplace for skilled service robots reached a turnover of 6.7 billion U.S. {dollars} worldwide (pattern methodology) – up 12% in 2020. On the identical time, turnover of recent shopper service robots grew 16% to 4.4 billion U.S. {dollars}. That is in line with World Robotics 2021 – Service Robots report, introduced by the Worldwide Federation of Robotics (IFR).

TOP 5 Utility in Service Robotics © World Robotics

“Service robots continued on a profitable path proving the great market potential worldwide,” says IFR President Milton Guerry. “Gross sales {of professional} service robots rose a powerful 41% to 131,800 items in 2020.”

5 high utility traits for skilled service robots had been pushed by additional demand of the worldwide pandemic:

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One out of three items had been constructed for the transportation of products or cargo. Turnover for Autonomous Cell Robots (AMR) and supply robots grew by 11% to over 1 billion US {dollars}. Most items offered function in indoor environments for manufacturing and warehouses. The pattern goes in direction of versatile options, in order that the AMR´s act in blended environments collectively e.g. with forklifts, different cellular robots or people. There may be additionally a powerful market potential for transportation robots in outside environments with public visitors, e.g. lastmile supply. Advertising and monetarization choices will rely on the supply of regulatory frameworks which presently nonetheless forestall the large-scale deployment of such robots in most international locations.

Demand for skilled cleansing robots grew by 92% to 34,400 items offered. In response to rising hygiene necessities as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, greater than 50 service robotic suppliers developed disinfection robots, spraying disinfectant fluids, or utilizing ultraviolet gentle. Usually, current cellular robots had been modified to function disinfection robots. There’s a excessive ongoing potential for disinfection robots in hospitals and different public locations. Unit gross sales {of professional} flooring cleansing robots are anticipated to develop by double-digit charges on common every year from 2021 to 2024.

By way of worth, the gross sales of medical robotics accounts for 55% of the full skilled service robotic turnover in 2020. This was primarily pushed by robotic surgical procedure gadgets, that are the most costly kind within the section. Turnover elevated by 11% to three.6 billion U.S. {dollars}.

A tremendously rising variety of robots for rehabilitation and non-invasive remedy make this utility the biggest medical one by way of items. About 75% of medical robotic suppliers are from North America and Europe.

The worldwide pandemic created extra demand for social robots. They assist e.g. residents of nursing houses to maintain contact with family and friends members in instances of social distancing. Communication robots present info in public environments to keep away from private human contact, join individuals through video for a enterprise convention or assist with maintanance duties on the shopfloor.

Hospitality robots take pleasure in rising reputation producing turnover of 249 million US {dollars}. Demand for robots for foods and drinks preparation grew tremendously – turnover nearly tripled to 32 million US {dollars} (+196%). The Covid-19 pandemic created elevated consciousness to keep away from contact with meals merchandise. There may be nonetheless an enormous potential for hospitality robots with medium double-digit annual development predicted.

Service robots for shopper use

Robots for home duties are the biggest group of shopper robots. Virtually 18.5 million items (+6%), price 4.3 billion US {dollars}, had been offered in 2020.

Robotic vacuums and different robots for indoor home flooring cleansing had been up 5% to greater than 17.2 million items with a price of two.4 billion US greenback. This sort of service robotic is out there in nearly each comfort retailer, making it simply accessible for everybody. Many American, Asian, and European suppliers cater to this market.

Gardening robots normally comprise garden mowing robots. This market is predicted to develop by low double-digit development charges on common every year within the subsequent few years.

Service robotics business construction

“The service robotic business is growing at a excessive tempo,“ says IFR President Milton Guerry.” “A lot of start-up firms seem yearly, growing progressive service robotic purposes and bettering current ideas. A few of these younger firms disappear as shortly as they emerged. The exercise remained excessive within the service robotics area with acquisitions by incumbents and acquisitions by firms from industries with a need to broaden and work on this thrilling space.”

Firm construction of service robotic producers © World Robotics 2021

Worldwide, 80% of the 1.050 service robotic suppliers are thought-about incumbents that had been established greater than 5 years in the past. 47% of the service robotic suppliers are from Europe, 27% from North America and 25% from Asia.

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Worldwide Federation of Robotics (IFR)
connects the world of robotics across the globe. We purpose at selling the constructive advantages of robots for productiveness, competitiveness, financial development and high quality of labor and life.

Worldwide Federation of Robotics (IFR)
connects the world of robotics across the globe. We purpose at selling the constructive advantages of robots for productiveness, competitiveness, financial development and high quality of labor and life.