Orders rose 24 percent in 2015 for robotics in material handling systems.
By Ben Ames
Businesses are buying robots for warehouse and distribution center applications at a faster pace than ever, helping push robot orders and shipments in North America to record levels in 2015, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) said today.
Material handling applications helped drive that demand with a 24-percent increase in orders over 2014, second only to coating and dispensing applications, which saw a 49-percent year-over-year increase, the trade group said.
North American robot-making companies took orders for 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion during 2015, an increase of 14 percent in units and 11 percent in dollars over 2014. Shipments to North American customers rose 10 percent, to 28,049 robots. Shipment value increased 9 percent, to $1.6 billion.