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

  • ID: 4828253
  • Report
  • April 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 90 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • ABB
  • Harmonic Drive System
  • Honda Motor Co. Ltd
  • Kawasaki Robotics
  • KUKA Robotics
The automotive robotics market iwas valued at USD 9 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 16 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of over 10% during the forecast period (2021 – 2026).

The automotive industry which was already going through slow growth further get affected by COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdowns in all the major market. In 2020 all the automakers and tier players wittnessed decline in production and sales of vehicles and components.

This extraordinary growth of the electric vehicles is positively inducing the use of robots for meeting the growing consumer requirement of this market. Automotive robots are designed for supporting the production of automobiles in the automotive industry.

Automotive industry is the largest industry with more than 130000 units installed in all facilities worldwide. 95% of top executives of automotive companies with revenues more than 11 billion dollars believe that there will be a significant increase in investments in robotics and automation during the forecast period. However, 82% of automotive organizations lack resource alignment and preparedness to execute faster change to increase revenue, profit and safety. This is an incredible opportunity for robot manufacturers to market their machineries to OEMs.

The automotive industry has been making use of industrial robotics in the production process for many years now. The large part of automotive robots is held by articulated robots and by functions, welding makes the largest use of robots in automotive industry. Robotic systems in the automotive industry are cost effective, efficient, and safe as they are capable of discharging their job quicker than their human counterpart.

Key Market Trends

Technological innovations are driving the market growth

The automotive manufacturing segment has been taking rapid steps in the industrial automation domain emerging as a role model for the other industries by showcasing how automation should be utilized to scale up the value chain and achieve zero-defects manufacturing. The automotive industry has been an early adopter of robotics for applications, like welding, painting, glue dispensing, etc. However, there are plenty of robotic applications available to choose from within the industry. For instance.

  • The new trend which automotive industry is witnessing is with respect to Autonomous Intelligent Vehicles (AIV) or mobile robots for material and intermediate goods transport. Robots are also emerging as one of the key parts of end-to-end traceability automation solutions.
  • Another recent trend is collaborative robots; these robots are human friendly on assembly lines. Such a robot has two arms and works with human collaboratively to get the best from human and robot. Such robots are as good as a portable robot, which can be placed on worktables and humans can seat next to it while working.
  • An articulated robot has rotary joints. The rotary joints can range from a simple 2 joints mechanism to complex 10 or more joints mechanism. Articulated robot is the most common type of robot used in automotive industry. High flexibility allows easy process changeovers and this is the reason why small and medium scale enterprises are adopting articulated robots, thus increasing demand on a global level.

Now, the automotive industry is shifting its focus toward the new technology trends, like compact robot and controller, higher communication speed, low spatter, and high-speed welding, human collaborative robot with industry 4.0.

Now with all application automobile company moving toward Internet of Things (IoT). Growth in the IoT concept and technological advances have boosted the use of automated technologies in various industries. The high penetration rate of smart devices and the use of wireless and cloud technologies will change the face and mode of operation of robots in the near future.

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Lead the Automotive Robotics Market

Asia-Pacific is the fastest developing region globally, with countries, like India, China, Taiwan, and South Korea evolving as the leaders in this region. Leading vendors, such as ABB and KUKA are instituting the region as their operation’s base. Furthermore, government regulations and funds have empowered projects to improve the infrastructure. These aspects have made APAC the favored automotive manufacturing hub, which will drive the automotive robotics market.

Countries, such as China and India are the principal countries in Asia-Pacific in terms of development, and many industries, such as automotive, electronics, and aviation are opening their factories in these countries, which is generating the demand for the automotive robotics market, making Asia-Pacific an emerging region.

Major players in the region are adopting robotics and other advance manufacturing technology for their upcoming vehicles. For instance, in January 2021, Byton has signed a manufacturing deal with Foxconn, which will be providing advanced manufacturing technology, operation management expertise and supply chain resources to Byton. The two companies will work together for Byton’s M-Byte electric SUV across all stages of its production line for introducing the SUV in Chinese market by 2022.

Morover, Byton Nanjing factory was built to industry 4.0 standards using leading manufacturing equipment and technology. The welding shop comprise of 335 welding robots by Kuka.

Competitive Landscape

The major players in the automotive robotics market are ABB, Adept, Epson Robotics, Fanuc, Honda, Intuitive Surgical, iRobot, Kawasaki, KUKA, and Yaskawa Electric, among others. The companies in the market are using the latest technologies for being ahead in the competition. For instance:

  • In May 2020, RoboDK partners with RobCo SWAT to offer robotic simulation software solutions to major automakers in the automotive industry.

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  • ABB
  • Harmonic Drive System
  • Honda Motor Co. Ltd
  • Kawasaki Robotics
  • KUKA Robotics

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Drivers
4.2 Market Restraints
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 By End-user Type
5.1.1 Vehicle Manufacturers
5.1.2 Automotive Component Manufacturers
5.2 Component Type
5.2.1 Controller
5.2.2 Robotic Arm
5.2.3 End Effector
5.2.4 Drive and Sensors
5.3 By Product Type
5.3.1 Cartesian Robots
5.3.2 SCARA Robots
5.3.3 Articulated Robot
5.3.4 Other Product Types
5.4 By Function Type
5.4.1 Welding Robot
5.4.2 Painting Robot
5.4.3 Assembling and Disassembling Robot
5.4.4 Cutting and Milling Robot
5.5 Geography
5.5.1 North America United States Canada Rest of North America
5.5.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Rest of Europe
5.5.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.5.4 Rest of the World South America Middle East & Africa
6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles*
6.2.1 ABB
6.2.2 Omron Adept Robotics
6.2.3 FANUC
6.2.4 Honda Motor Co. Ltd
6.2.5 Kawasaki Robotics
6.2.6 KUKA Robotics
6.2.7 Yaskawa Electric
6.2.8 Harmonic Drive System
6.2.9 RobCo S.W.A.T. Ltd.
6.2.10 Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • ABB
  • Omron Adept Robotics
  • Honda Motor Co. Ltd
  • Kawasaki Robotics
  • KUKA Robotics
  • Yaskawa Electric
  • Harmonic Drive System
  • RobCo S.W.A.T. Ltd.
  • Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp
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