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It’s time for UK business to embrace robotics

01 May 2024

Robot installations hit a record 553,052 units globally in 2022, according to the International Federation of Robotics. That’s up an extra five percent on the previous record-breaking year.

Installations were on the rise across the board in traditional customer industries, such as automotive and electronics, metals and machinery, and food and beverage. However, there were many installations (17 percent) where no industry details were given, so it seems likely that the expansion of robotics into new sectors is continuing.

China, the USA, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Germany together accounted for 79 percent of new installations in 2022, while the UK languished down in 20th place, installing just over 2,500 units. So, while some progress has been made, the UK risks falling further behind its international competitors. 

This matters because robotic automation can provide an answer to some of the British economy’s most intractable challenges. 


Read the full article in DPA's May 2024 issue



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