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North American Companies Ordered More Robots in 2019

POSTED 02/12/2020

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), today announced 2019 North American robot unit orders are up 1.6% compared to 2018 results, with 29,988 robotic units ordered.  Order revenue for 2019 is down 1.3%, closing the year with $1.681 billion.

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

The fourth quarter of 2019 was the weakest quarter of the year; 6,094 robotic units were ordered, valued at $374 million.  This represented a decrease of 10.4% in orders and 4.2% 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, A3 & RIA President.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) and A3 México. RIA, AIA, MCMA and A3 México combined represent over 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 México.

The association hosts a number of industry-leading events, including the Robot Grinding & Finishing Conference (April 27-28, 2020 in St. Paul, MN), THE Vision Show (June 9-11, 2020 in Boston, MA), the International Robot Safety Conference (October 13-15, 2020 in Columbus, OH), and (October 27-28, 2020 in San Jose, CA).  Other events include the A3 Business Forum (February 1-3, 2021, in Orlando, FL), and the biennial Automate Show & Conference (May 17-20, 2021 in Detroit, MI).

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Association for Advancing Automation    
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