Technavio has released a new market study which forecasts that the global market for industrial robotics in the automotive industry will see a CAGR of 6% by 2020.
This research report titled Global Industrial Robotics Market in the Automotive Industry 2016-2020 provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecast for various market segments and all geographical regions.
The latest report by Technavio states that industrial robots were first adopted in the automotive industry in 1960 by GM and were called Unimate. These robots could weld and handle huge payloads. Later on, wider adoption of robots started in 1980 in response to a need to automate applications such as welding, painting, and assembling in the automotive industry.
Although robots were expensive, companies were encouraged to use them more frequently in automation processes because of the faster ROI and cost-effectiveness over the long run.
The report provides segmentation by application of the global industrial robotics market in the automotive industry namely material handling, assembly line, industrial welding, paint robots and others.
Global material handling robots market in the automotive industry
The research study reports that heavy payload handling in the automotive industry has fueled the demand for material handling robots. Material handling robots comes with features such as the ability to work in harsh environments, delicate handling of materials such as glass and ceramics, ability to work on multiple processes, flexibility in operations, and mobility.
Technavio’s lead research analyst Bharath K says, “In mid-2015, GM announced an investment of $5.4 billion over a period of three years to renovate and upgrade multiple plants in the US. Similarly, Toyota announced its plans to invest $1 billion in Mexico for a new manufacturing plant and a new manufacturing line worth $440 million to one of their existing plants in Guangzhou, China in 2015.”
Global assembly line robots market in the automotive industry
According to the research report, assembly lines involve both assembling of heavy payload materials and small activities that include tightening screws and fitting seats into automobile chassis. Earlier, robots were physically segregated and used for heavy assembly operations, while small assemblies were conducted by manual labor. Now with the need for process improvement and precision in the end-product, small assemblies are also carried out by assembly line robots.
“Automotive industry is shifting to collaborative robots in assembly lines due to their mobility. Collaborative robots can ensure coordinated work processes between humans and robots for small assembly requirements in the production line. These robots help reduce worker fatigue and injuries that are common to assembly processes,” continues Technavio’s lead research analyst Bharath K.
Global industrial welding robots market in the automotive industry
Technavio’s latest report highlights the following reasons for the increasing adoption of welding robots in the automotive industry:
- Need for uniform welding
- Reduction or prevention of injuries to workers during welding
- Cost efficiency and proper usage of welding consumables
- Time savings
- Flexibility in welding different parts
Welding robots are also used to inspect functionalities, to check on proper wire feeding, and for self-assessments during the replacement of worn components. Laser welding is used in automotive industries for applications such as cutting, drilling, cladding, and paint stripping as the process is precise and achieves minimal distortions.
Global painting robots market in the automotive industry
As per the new market research report by Technavio, the global painting robots market in the automotive industry is set to post a CAGR of 5% by 2020. One of the major reasons supporting the growth of this market is the rising demand for painting robots because most industries are focusing on streamlined product appearances.
In 2015, GM announced its plans to invest $5.4 billion across a period of four years to upgrade US plants and specifically spent $439 million in acquiring painting robots for its Chevrolet Corvette car manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.
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