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Robot Sales Off in 2001

Robot Sales Off in 2001

Tuesday, February 26, 2002
 
No surprise here: the North American robotics market fell 30 percent in 2001, affected by the U.S. recession just as were other capital-equipment markets. New year-end statistics from the Robotic Indutries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, show that North American customers ordered nearly 9000 robots last year valued at $680 million. Add to this the 779 robots (valued at $52 million) shipped oversaes and North American robotics manufacturers experienced an overall decline in unit sales of 32 percent, and 34 percent in dollars. A positive note: fourth-quarter sales jumped 20 percent over third-quarter sales. How many robots now work in U.S. factories, you ask? RIA estimates that number to be around 118,000, making the United States the world's second largest robotics user, trailing Japan.

 

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