Market Survey China: Market research report on industrial robots 2016

Editor: Franziska Breunig

China has become the world number one demanding country for industrial robots, and the market is developing steadily. The manufacture of automotive and the relevant components is still the main application field of the industrial robots.

Market share of industrial robots in different fields of China in 2015.
Market share of industrial robots in different fields of China in 2015.

Along with further deepening of China industrial structure adjustment and upgrading as well as the transfer of the international manufacturing center to China, the Chinese robot market will be further increased, and the speed of market expansion will be further improved.

Development status of industrial robots

China labor price is increased so much as to push up the production cost, which is considered as one of the reasons for the rapid entry of industrial robots. Labor cost in coastal area is continuously increasing, and the shortage of migrant workers is obvious. China demographic dividend is gradually losing, some production-oriented enterprises begin to relocate their factories out of China. In recent years, the Chinese robot automation production lines have been emerging. Along with the continuous improvement of the automation level of Chinese industry and enterprises, the market of the robot automation line will become increasingly large, and gradually become the main mode of automated production lines.


A study of MIR Industry shows that in 2015, the Chinese industrial robot market has six-axis multi-joint robot for the top, which accounts for 46.2% of total sales. It is expected that in the next few years, the market will maintain the high growth rate of more than 30%. In China, the robot automation production line equipment market has just started at the time when the domestic equipment manufacturing industry is on the way of transition from traditional equipment to advanced manufacturing equipment, which brings great business opportunities to the robot automation production line researchers and developers. Labor replacement and industrial upgrading are considered to be the driving force for the rapid development of the Chinese industrial robots market. Meanwhile, in China, the current robot density (the number of robot per 10,000 production workers) is relatively low, and it provides space for future development of the market.

Market size and growth trend of Chinese industrial robots

In 2015, the overall growth rate of the Chinese industrial robot market is more optimistic in general, with the sales reaching at 82,495 units, and the year-on-year increase rate of 39.6%, and the sales reaches to 12.82 billion Yuan, with the year-on-year increase rate of 37.3%. In the situation of declining growth of macroeconomic and manufacture industry, the Chinese industrial robot market continues to maintain the growth rate of more than 30%. In view of the huge space for industrial robot to replace labors, the market is expected to maintain its rapid growth in the coming years.

Market analysis of industrial robots in different fields in China

Industrial robot and automation equipment is the key equipment in the production process, and can be used in manufacturing, installation, testing, logistics and other production processes. So far industrial robots are widely used in automotive, electronics, plastics, food, metal processing and other industries. In recent years, the Chinese industrial robot market is mainly driven by the development of the automotive industry, and is developing mainly in the "automotive + electronic" two-wheel driving mode at present. In the stagnant status of automotive industry, the development of the industrial robot market will be driven greatly by the development of the electronics industry. At the same time, along with the deeper and further development of industrial robots and the improvement of the intelligence level, the application of industrial robots will be extended from the traditional manufacturing industry to other manufacturing industries, and then to mining, construction, agriculture and other non-manufacturing industry.

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