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Robot Orders Drop 30 Percent Through September

Robot Orders Drop 30 Percent Through September

Monday, December 10, 2001
 
New orders to North American robotics companies have dropped by 30 percent in the first nine months of 2001, according to the Robotics Industries Association (RIA). Through September, manufacturers received new orders of 7636 robots valued at $556.9 million, a decline of 30 percent in units and 37 percent in dollars as compared to the same period in 2000, show RIA statistics. Shipments through the first nine months of 2001 totaled 8825 robots valued at $688.1 million, a decline of 19 percent in units and 10 percent in dollars as compared to last year. RIA estimates that U.S. factories employ 116,000 robots, second only to Japan.

 

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