Robot sales in North America reached a record high in the first quarter of 2022. Sales increased 28% from Q1 2021, when North American companies purchased 9,098 units. 62% of North American companies indicated that they will invest in robotics in the next three years.
To manage supply chain issues and meet customer needs, 43% of the companies surveyed stated that they plan to increase their investments in robots and automation. Robotics and automation will play an important role in solving supply chain challenges, according to 73% of US organisations.
The majority of US companies (70%) planned to change some aspect of their business, either by adding more robots to the workforce or by moving production closer to where customers are.
Around the world, interest in automation is growing. In the next three years, robotics and automation are likely to be investments for 74% of European companies, according to a report by ABB.
According to recent research, the number of industrial robots in use worldwide approximately doubled between 2015 and 2020. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) calculates the ratio of robots to employees in an industry, i.e. 10,000 workers per robot.
Korea, Singapore and Japan had the highest robot densities in 2020, according to the IFR, and Germany and Sweden were the fourth and fifth most automated nations. In terms of automation, the United States ranked eighth in 2020.
ABB’s Sami Atiya says that in response to major supply chain disruptions, company executives are putting measures in place to make operations more robust and adaptable. To give American workers more secure and better-paying jobs, we must invest in education, apprenticeships and vocational training.

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