IFR press release

IFR Statistical Department

Worldwide supply of industrial robots stagnated in 2008!

According to the final results of the world statistics on industrial robots, the total worldwide supplies stagnated in 2008 compared to 2007. The financial and economical crisis affected the robot business in many countries already in the last quarter of 2008. In North America, where the crisis started, the robot supplies were down by almost 13% compared to 2007. Also Japan saw a decrease of 8%. The robot investment in most of the European countries decreased as well as in many Asian countries. In Germany the robot sales still increased by 4%. In the Republic of Korea about 28% more industrial robots were sold in 2008 compared to 2007 because of strong investments of the automotive industry and the electronics industry. Still a remarkable increase of robot supplies could be seen in China, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, Poland, Hungary and Turkey. Palletizing/packaging again increased remarkably while almost all other applications decreased worldwide. The metal products industry, the food industry and the pharmaceutical/cosmetics industry ordered more robots in 2008 compared to 2007 while almost all other industries cut robot investments.


Worldwide economical downturn affected robot supplies in the first quarter 2009

The IFR Quarterly Statistics on robot shipments for the first quarter 2009 showed a sharp decrease of robot supplies compared to the first quarter 2008 of more than 50% in all regions. A lot of investments are restrained because the customers do not get the necessary financing. Also orders have been cancelled. The comparing basis - the first quarter 2008 - is very high because of the extraordinary high number of shipments.


Details on both statistics are available to participants only.

The next IRSG meeting will be in Tokyo on 24 November 2009, just one day before the IREX will start.


IFR Statistical Department


Gudrun Litzenberger
IFR Statistical Department
Tel: +49-69/6603-1502