As the core segment of the robot industry, the growth of industrial robots has been concerned. According to the data released by relevant institutions, in 2019, the global robot market will reach nearly US $30 billion, while the industrial robot market will exceed US $15 billion, accounting for about 54% of the total. Therefore, the change of industrial robot production is very important for the whole robot industry and market.
Recently, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Statistics announced the operation of the national economy in the first quarter. Data show that the output value of new generation information technology in Shanghai increased by 15.3% in the first quarter, of which the output of industrial robots and integrated circuit wafers increased by 8.9% and 7.5% respectively. Coincidentally, previous data from the National Bureau of statistics also showed that China’s industrial robot industry grew by 12.9%. It can be seen that in the current special crisis, industrial robots are realizing “counter trend growth”.
Of course, the sustainable development of industrial robots is not only related to this special crisis, but also closely related to the long-term employment difficulties and production efficiency of enterprises. Employment dilemma refers to two aspects, one is the increase of employment cost, the other is the shortage of labor resources.
Since the beginning of the new century, with the continuous acceleration of global economic development, the demand for basic labor and professionals in various fields has also increased rapidly. However, the aging trend is becoming more prominent in many countries, which leads to the accelerated fading of demographic dividend, the increasing shortage of labor resources, the high employment cost of enterprises and the difficulty in recruiting workers.
For many industries, especially manufacturing enterprises, the continuous increase of employment costs and the difficulty of recruitment are significant pressures, which have a great impact on the sustainable development and profitability of enterprises. In this situation, some labor-intensive enterprises take the lead in introducing automation equipment to replace labor, and gradually improve the application scale of industrial robots. So far, the upsurge of “machine replacement” began to rise.
The problem of aging population is difficult to solve in a short time, and the problem of employment in manufacturing industry will exist for a long time. Therefore, for these enterprises, under the irreversible trend of rising labor market costs, the extensive use of more automatic and intelligent equipment will be an inevitable choice. In the next long time, the application scale of industrial robots will continue to rise.
In addition to the high cost of employment and the difficulty of recruitment, the pursuit of technological innovation and production management efficiency of some enterprises is also an important reason for the rapid growth of the industrial robot market. In recent years, with the rapid advancement of the transformation and upgrading of the manufacturing industry and the accelerated application of the new generation of information technology, high-quality development has gradually become the mainstream, and the demand of enterprises in technological innovation and efficiency optimization is constantly increasing. Because of the improvement of innovation ability and efficiency of each link, enterprises can better transform to the direction of intelligence and digitization, and their comprehensive competitiveness can be stronger.
Therefore, the introduction of industrial robots and other automation, intelligent equipment has become the choice of many enterprises. Compared with traditional manual labor, industrial robots not only have high accuracy, high efficiency and long working time, but also can help enterprises reduce labor costs and improve product quality.
This special crisis, which was born in early 2020, is still continuing. Affected by this, enterprises are facing many restrictions in normal office work, production, return to work and employment, and the global supply chain is also facing huge risks. For manufacturing enterprises, in this case, the higher the level of automation and intelligence, the smaller the impact.
For some countries and industries with high penetration rate of robots, they have greater advantages in maintaining production capacity or rapidly promoting the resumption of production. In fact, the reason why many enterprises that have started to resume work and production for a long time are making slow progress, or it is easy to resume work and difficult to resume production, is that they suffer from the low level of automation and intelligence and can not recruit people temporarily.
Therefore, many enterprises draw lessons from this special crisis and consider the long-term development in the future. They begin to increase the introduction of industrial robots and implement comprehensive upgrading measures. Domestic industrial robot production and market growth is largely benefited from this. Industry experts predict that the positive development momentum of industrial robot industry will continue. By 2021, the domestic market scale is expected to continue to expand, and it may reach 7 billion US dollars by then.