According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), China has been the largest market for industrial robots in recent years, and within the next two years, the number of robots in Chinese factories and plants will exceed that of the EU or the United States. And that’s just the beginning. According to the same federation, China has only 30 robots per 10, 000 workers, compared to 323 in Japan and 437 in South Korea.
Plant Automation – an important issue for Japanese investors. Half of the foreign firms that provide industrial robots to China are Japanese, about 6 out of 10 industrial robots sold in China are made in Japan.
Factory automation in China has gained large and unprecedented momentum. According to calculations by the International Federation of Robotics, in 2014 alone there was a significant jump of 29% in sales of industrial robots worldwide, amounting to 229, 261 units. In particular, robots have been widely used in the automotive and electronics sectors.
China is the world’s largest market for robots and automated components, and in 2014 it reached 25% of the total number of robots in use. According to the federation, sales growth of industrial robots in China reached 56% compared to 2013, which is 57, 096 units. The rate of automation is impressive. Between 2010 and 2014, the total use of of industrial robots in China increased by an average of 40% annually.
China is the leader in the number of industrial robots in new markets (VWO), but is still behind Korea, Japan (DXJ), the United States (VTI) and Germany (EWG).
Shenzhen Everwin Precision Technology aims to reduce the number of workers by 90% while employing more than 1, 000 industrial robots. Other factories in the Zhujiang River Delta are already actively adopting robots in production. For example, Changying Precision Technology’s Dongguan plant has already reduced the number of workers from 650 to 60 due to the automation of production. According to People’s Daily, that number could drop to 20 employees. In addition, the People’s Daily claims that productivity per person has increased significantly, from 8, 000 to 21, 000, an increase of 162.5%. The number of defects and errors has also decreased : from 25 to 5%, thus increasing production efficiency.