2015: By far the highest volume ever recorded
In 2015, robot sales increased by 15% to 253,748 units, again by far the highest level ever recorded for one year. The main driver of the growth in 2015 was the general industry with an increase of 33% compared to 2014, in particular the the electronics industry (+41 percent), metal industry (+39 percent), the plastics and rubber industry (+16 percent). The robot sales in the automotive industry only modearetly increased in 2015 after a five year period of continued considerable increase.
China has significantly expanded its leading position as the biggest market with a share of 27% of the total supply in 2015.
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