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Robot density is (still) the highest in Europe

There are 74 robotic units per 10,000 human employees worldwide, more than ever before. This is a result of the World Robotics Report 2017, recently published by the International Federation of Robotics.

22 Feb. 2018
Dirk Bongardt
Robot density is (still) the highest in Europe (Chart: WorldRobotics)

Robot density varies considerably by international comparison . Whereas an average of 10,000 employees are supported by 99 robots in Europe, it’s 84 in America, and only 63 in Asia. Together with South Korea and Singapore, Germany ranks at the top of the most automated countries, with a robot density of 309 units in Germany. But countries that have been lagging behind are slowly catching up. While robot density in Europe is currently growing by 5%, the growth rate in Asia is almost twice as high at 9%. China in particular is experiencing extraordinary development, from 25 units in 2013 to 68 units in 2016.

With the rapid development in the field of artificial intelligence, robots are penetrating more and more fields of application. The focus is currently on Cobots , intelligent and “sensitive” robots that can work together with people in one and the same work environment without risk. Their possibilities are not limited to industrial production and quality control. Robots are also increasingly used in medicine and healthcare, whether as an assistant in operations or as a miniaturized active agent carrier in the human body .