Chinese companies bought a record number of robots in 2017, according to the country’s main robotics association, as reported on the Sputnik website.
Sputnik, which is a media outlet of the formerly communist country of Russia, says China purchased 141,000 industrial robots in 2017, which is an increase of 58 per cent compared with 2016.
Foreign industrial robot makers accounted for nearly three-quarters of the sales figure, but an increasing number of Chinese robot makers are emerging.
The China International Robot Industry says that of industrial robots sold, 37,825 were made in communist China, which is an increase of 30 per cent since 2016.
Qu Daokui, president of China Robot Industry Alliance and CEO of Siasun Robot and Automation Company, one of the largest robot makers in China, says: “As robotics is expanding into nearly every industry, Chinese robot makers should realize the gap between them and foreign brands, take advantage of China’s robotics development boom and learn from foreign experience to help China grow from the world’s largest robot market into a robot manufacturing power.”
China Daily, which was the first to report the basic figures of the story, says: “Although Chinese domestic suppliers expanded their market share to 32.7 percent in 2016, the trend was reversed in 2017, as their share shrank to 26.8 per cent.”
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