Analysis

China: robot installations grew by 44%

21st September 2022
Sheryl Miles

The industrial robotics market in China achieved strong growth with a record of 243,300 installations in 2021 – a rise of 44% compared to the previous year. This preliminary data has been published by the International Federation of Robotics.

“China was leading the global recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic and accounted for half of worldwide robot installations in 2021,” said Marina Bill, President of the International Federation of Robotics. “Growth is strong across all industries with electrical and electronics being the dominant sector – up 30% to 81,600 installations. The automotive industry also showed a strong recovery. This was mainly driven by electric vehicle manufacturing in China. It rose by 89% in 2021 with 50,700 installations.”

Chinese government supports robotic automation

In China, aging population's demographics causes shortage of labour and drives the growth of robotic automation. The continued robotisation of industries has been announced earlier this year by the government.

The Five-Year plan for the robotics industry, released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in Beijing, focuses on promoting innovation.

New profession: ‘robotics engineering technician’

At the same time, state authorities aim to boost employment and entrepreneurial opportunities among college graduates. In June, 18 new professions including ‘robotics engineering technicians’ were announced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

The profession focuses on the research and development of control algorithms and operating systems for robots, as well as the use of digital simulation technology.

“China still has high potential for further growth,” said Marina Bill. “The country’s robot density in the manufacturing industry amounts to 246 industrial robots per 10,000 employees thus ranking ninth worldwide in 2020. Ten years ago, China´s robot density was 15 units only.”

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