North American robotics market sets new records


Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of 35% in units and 22% in dollars over the same period in 2013.

Robot shipments to North American customers through September totaled 18,490 robots valued at $1.1 billion, breaking the previous record set in 2013 by 5% in units and 2% in dollars.

Sales activity continued to be especially strong in the automotive industry, with orders up 48% year-to-date over 2013. Non-automotive industries, such as electronics, food & consumer goods, and metals, also posted double-digit growth in the first nine months of the year.
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