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.