Global Robotics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Global Robotics Market is segmented by Type (Industrial and Service), by End Users of Industrial Robots (Automotive, Food and Beverage, Electronics), by End Users of Service Robots (Logistics, Military and Defense, Medical and Healthcare), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Robotics Market Overview
Study Period: 2019- 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 17.45 %
Robotics Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The Global Robotics Market was valued at USD 27.73 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 74.1 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 17.45%, during the period of 2021-2026, curbing the COVID-19 involved utilization of various robot technologies such as cleaning and disinfection service robots. Increased hygienic demands opened this new niche for service robots. As a result, many manufacturers registered new disinfection robots in 2020. Companies delivering food as well as other purchases are facing a growing demand. Following this ever-increasing interest, the worldwide growth of food and medication delivery robots is expected to be observed in 2021. This demand would also drive the demand for robots supporting last-mile deliveries.

  • A large number of investments are recorded in the robotics domain due to the increased demand. According to the World Robotics report from the International Federation of Robotics, indicated that the investments in new car production capacities and modernization of industrial spaces had driven the demand for robots. Factors such as the development of energy-efficient drive systems and high competition in all major car markets have enabled investments across major happening economies.
  • The automotive industry is considered to be one of the most critical applications of industrial robots owing to significant increasing investments in industrial robots across the globe. For instance, in 2020, BMW AG signed an agreement with KUKA to supply around 5,000 robots deployed in new production lines and factories across the globe. KUKA also stated that these industrial robots would be deployed worldwide at the BMW Group's international production sites to manufacture the current and future vehicle models.
  • Moreover, in Aug 2020, Shanghai SK Automation Technology Co., which provides intelligent equipment for the automotive manufacturers, announced an initial public stock offering on the STAR Market and raised RMB 733.14 million.
  • To reduce the capital spent on labor, various organizations worldwide are adopting robotics automation in their warehouses. For instance, the operational stock of industrial robots is expected to reach around 3800 (in thousand units) by 2021, from approximately 2,400 (in thousand units) in 2018. Further, Alibaba upgraded to robotic labor in one of its warehouses, drastically reducing the labor workforce by 70%, creating an opportunity for a highly-skilled workforce.

Scope of the Report

Industrial robots are used in the manufacturing industries. Industrial robots covered under the scope of the study include Linear robots (cartesian and gantry robots), SCARA robots, Articulated robots, Parallel robots (delta), Cylindrical robots, etc. The market estimates for the industrial robots consider the new robot installation across the industrial end-users. Revenues from the software and peripheral solutions offered by vendors for operating or gathering data from robotic systems are excluded from the study scope.

  • Service robots assist human beings, typically by performing tasks. For the service robots market estimates, types of service robots considered under the scope of the study include professional (professional cleaning, field robotics, inspection and maintenance, logistics, etc.), personal/domestic (robots for domestic tasks such as vacuuming, cleaning, surveillance, elderly and handicap assistance), and entertainment (hobby, education, and research, etc.). For geography-based estimates, overall new robot installation in the region has been considered under the scope of the study.
End Users of Industrial Robots
Food and Beverage
Other End Users of Industrial Robots
End-Users of Service Robots
Military and Defense
Medical and Healthcare
Other End Users of Service Robots
North America
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Service Robotics is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • According to NIOSH, healthcare workers have the most hazardous industrial jobs in the United States, with the highest number of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses. It is estimated that about 6,000 surgical robots performed a million operations globally. The market was worth USD 6 billion. A basic system costs USD 2 million. Reputed organizations, such as MIT and the University of Michigan, are working on the technology to deliver small and compact robots to the medical sector.
  • The increasing number of medical robot systems-assisted surgeries is further increasing the product innovation rate in the market. For instance, Robot Apps developed and launched a rehabilitation robot to help health professionals with bed-ridden patients, reducing the dependence on nurses for actions, such as heavy lifting.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that there are 2,384,600 building janitors and cleaners. Companies are spending about USD 60 billion on average annually. This is exclusive of the insurance amount that has become expensive, as the janitorial industry records one of the highest numbers of occupational injuries. The factors like these are boosting the demand for cleaning robots for apparent reasons.
  • According to the data by the United Nations, the global population of people above the age of 65 is expected to grow by 181% and may account for 16% of the population by 2050. The aging population is one of the primary factors for the significant growth in deploying robots in domestic healthcare and assistance applications.
  • The covid-19 pandemic boosted the market for professional service robots with high demand for robotics disinfection solutions, robotic logistics solutions in factories and warehouses, and robots for home delivery. According to IFR, in 2020, the medical use service robots market is projected to record 12,000 units worldwide. Further, the demand for logistic use service robots was projected highest with 11,40,00 units in 2020.
Robotics Market Key Trends

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Hold a Major Share

  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness a significant growth rate over the forecast period due to the substantial adoption of robots. Further, South Korea and China are dominant in adopting robotics due to the massive electronic and automotive manufacturing industry deployment.
  • Furthermore, governments across the Asia-pacific region have been implementing initiatives to improve their healthcare infrastructure. This will encourage medical facilities in the region to replace traditional open surgeries with laparoscopic procedures. For instance, medical facilities in Japan have already commenced replacing conventional open surgeries with minimally invasive techniques, single-incision procedures, and robot-assisted surgeries.
  • The trending Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) business models lower the hurdle for customers for automating with the robots. The benefit is not to invest in the hardware, so the companies have no fixed capital, no fixed costs, and no need for the robot operators. Warehouse solutions for major e-commerce companies have been strongly driven by the use of logistics systems in non-manufacturing industries. A strong potential can also be found in hospitals that are running their logistics with the help of professional service robots. In the segment of professional service robotics, about 90% of sampled logistics robots were produced in Europe and North America, about 10% in Asia.
  • As the region faces an aging population, the government organizations in the region are planning to rely more on robots over the workforce. For instance, the Housing Development Board (Singapore) intends to adopt autonomous drones or robots to identify which parts of public housing blocks need cleaning. The primary aim is to reduce the amount of water required to clean by focusing only on the dirty areas.
  • Further, in January 2021, Artificial intelligence technology company Ubtech Robotics launched the Adibot UV-C Disinfecting Robot at the CES 2021. The Adibot robotic disinfection system is designed to offer a hospital-grade solution against COVID-19, integrating the robotics and AI from Ubtech with UV-C technology that disinfects targeted surfaces and air by deactivating the DNA and RNA of harmful pathogens.
Robotics Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The Global Robotics market is moderately competitive, with a considerable number of regional and global players and moderately fragmented. The market vendors are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. The companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase market share and profitability.

  • July 2021 - ABB acquired ASTI Mobile Robotics Group for developing the next generation of flexible automation using autonomous mobile robots. The acquisition enhances Robotics and Machine Automation solutions, allowing the company to offer a unique automation portfolio and develop into new business categories.
  • April 2021 - Panasonic Corporation introduced a mass-production model of its Walk Training Robot, which is designed to provide safe and effective walk training for older adults. The company further offering a robot-assisted service to care facilities, hospitals, and other organizations.

Recent Developments

  • February 2021 - Wipro Limited and Yaskawa India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Yaskawa Electric Corporation, announced the alliance by exchanging the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on co-operation commitment to target global automation projects jointly. The partnership enables the company to deliver supplies of Yaskawa robots in India and abroad (including an international warranty).
  • January 2021 - OMRON Corporation announced that it has started selling the i4 series SCARA robot, which automates high-speed, high-precision assembly and transportation while being simple to install.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

    5. 4.5 Evolution of Collaborative Robots in Industrial Ecosystem


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Advent of Industry 4.0 Driving Automation

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Emphasis on Safety

      3. 5.1.3 Demand from the Oil and Gas Industry

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 High Cost of Installation


    1. 6.1 Type

      1. 6.1.1 Industrial

      2. 6.1.2 Service

    2. 6.2 End-User

      1. 6.2.1 End Users of Industrial Robots

        1. Automotive

        2. Food and Beverage

        3. Electronics

        4. Other End Users of Industrial Robots

      2. 6.2.2 End-Users of Service Robots

        1. Logistics

        2. Military and Defense

        3. Medical and Healthcare

        4. Other End Users of Service Robots

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 ABB Ltd

      2. 7.1.2 Yaskawa Electric Corporation

      3. 7.1.3 Denso Corporation

      4. 7.1.4 Fanuc Corporation

      5. 7.1.5 Kuka AG

      6. 7.1.6 Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd

      7. 7.1.7 Toshiba Corporation

      8. 7.1.8 Panasonic Corporation

      9. 7.1.9 Staubli International AG

      10. 7.1.10 Nachi Robotic Systems Inc.

      11. 7.1.11 Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd

      12. 7.1.12 Seiko Epson Corporation

      13. 7.1.13 Comau SpA (Stellantis N.V)

      14. 7.1.14 Omron Adept Technologies Inc.

      15. 7.1.15 Intuitive Surgical Inc.

      16. 7.1.16 Stryker Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Robotics Market market is studied from 2019 - 2026.

The Global Robotics Market is growing at a CAGR of 17.45% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Fanuc Corporation, Kuka AG, Yaskawa Electric Corporation , ABB Ltd, Denso Corporation are the major companies operating in Global Robotics Market.

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