U.S. robot orders up, but revenue down

ANN ARBOR—The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), announced that orders of industrial robotic units rose 1.6 percent in North America in 2019, with 29,988 robotic units ordered.

However, order revenue for 2019 fell 1.3 percent, to $1.68 billion.

The largest driver of the growth was a 50.5 percent increase in orders from automakers and a 16.6 percent increase from the plastics and rubber industry. Orders to automotive component markets were down 6.6 percent, and all other non-automotive industries, including food and consumer goods, life sciences, metals, and the semiconductor and electronics sector, fell by single digits in comparison to last year.

The fourth quarter of 2019 was the weakest quarter of the year, with 6,094 robotic units were ordered, valued at $374 million. This represented a decrease of 10.4 percent in orders and 4.2 percent in revenue compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.

“While 2019 was a challenging year, and the outlook for growth in 2020 is murky, we’re still seeing growing interest in automation technologies and solutions that will lead to continued future growth,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of both A3 and RIA.

A3 is the global advocate for the benefits of automation. It is the parent organization of the  Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) and A3 Mexico. RIA, AIA, MCMA and A3 Mexico combined represent more than 1,275 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, visit: A3, RIA, AIA, MCMA, A3 Mexico.

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