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North American robotics companies enjoyed one of the industry’s strongest opening quarters ever, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. North American robotics companies received orders for more than 5000 robots, valued at $344 million, through March, a 27-percent increase compared to the same period in 2011 and a 30-percent increase in dollars. Also, during the first quarter robotics companies shipped 4605 robots valued at $299.6 million, the best opening quarter ever for shipments, according to RIA president Jeff Burnstein. “Activity is especially strong among automotive OEMs and tier suppliers,” says Burnstein, “where robot orders jumped 42 percent in the first quarter over a year ago. In fact, automotive-related orders accounted for 65 percent of the new orders in the first quarter of 2012. Nonautomotive orders grew six percent.”
RIA is online at www.robotics.org/.