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North American Robot Orders Down Slightly

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Robot orders in North America declined slightly in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to statistics released by the Robotic Industries Association, an organization of the Association for Advancing Automation. North American companies ordered 7,876 robots valued at $423 million during the three months, a decline of 3.5 percent in units and 3.2 percent in dollars, compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Driving the decline: a decrease in orders from automotive component suppliers (-16 percent), plastics and rubber (-16 percent), electronics (-17 percent), and metals (-17 percent). However, orders from automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) were up 41 percent, as were orders from the food and consumer goods industries (+32 percent). Another bright spot was the solid increase in orders over the fourth quarter of 2018, with units up nearly 16 percent and revenue up nearly 9 percent.


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