Germany is the most automated economy in the EU
In total, around 230,000 industrial robots are in use in Germany. In 2020 alone, 22,300 new units were installed. This is the third-highest figure ever achieved, despite the crisis year of 2020.1 Nov 2021
"Driven by strong foreign business, the German robotics industry is recovering," says Milton Guerry, president of the International Federation of Robotics. "The domestic market is expected to grow slowly, mainly supported by demand for low-cost robots in industry, but also outside manufacturing."
Germany accounts for 33% of Europe's robot inventory. This means that factories in Germany have around three times as many industrial robots in use as in Italy (78,200 units), around five times as many as in France (44,800 units) or ten times as many as in the UK (23,000 units).
In a global comparison, Germany ranks fifth after China, Japan, Korea and the U.S. This also applies to annual sales figures in 2020. Here, the German economy has been hovering at the very high level of around 20,000 units per annum for many years (2014–2017).
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