The automation of production is accelerating around the world, according to new figures published by the International Federation of Robotics, which shows global robot density is on the rise.
The UK has a robot density below the world average of 74 units with 71 units, ranking 22nd. The 2017 World Robot Statistics have revealed that 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries, up from 66 units in 2015.
By regions, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, in the Americas 84 and in Asia 63 units.
The top 10 most automated countries in the world are: South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, the US, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan.
The region with the highest growth rate of robot density, unsurprisingly, is Asia. Between 2010 and 2016, its average annual growth rate was 9%, compared to 7% in the Americas and 5% in Europe.