Robot Sales in North America Continue Record Surge into 2022

Association for Advancing Automation VP Alex Shikany to discuss latest on how companies solve labor shortages with robotics at Automate June 6 in Detroit

“Every industry, including agriculture, construction, retail, and hospitality, is now looking at how they can take advantage of robotics to make their companies more successful,” said Alex Shikany, A3’s vice president of membership and business intelligence, who will talk in detail about automation and the labor shortage at the Automate 2022 Show and Conference at 1 p.m. June 6 in Detroit. “These companies recognize what we at A3 have long believed, that robots can not only take over the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs that are so hard to fill, but they can save and create jobs as automation helps them grow their business.”

Automotive orders are still strong, but non-automotive companies drive an increase in orders overall   

Q1 2022 marks the seventh out of the last nine quarters where non-automotive customers have ordered more robots than automotive customers. Non-automotive customers ordered 6,122 units in the first quarter, compared to 5,476 ordered by automotive-related customers. Unit sales to automotive OEMs were up 15% while orders from automotive component companies were up 22%. Unit sales to non-automotive industries saw the following increases in Q1 over the same period of 2021:

  • Metals: up 40%
  • Plastics and Rubber: up 29%
  • Semiconductors and Electronics/Photonics: up 23%
  • Food and Consumer Goods:  up 21%
  • Life Sciences/Pharma/Biomed: up 14%
  • All Other Industries:  up 56%

“As robots continually become easier to use and more affordable, we expect to see adoption continue to rise in every industry, and at companies of all sizes,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “There are hundreds of thousands of companies in North America who have yet to install even one robot. Many of those companies will visit Automate in Detroit next month looking for the latest solutions that will help them become stronger global competitors.”

Learn more at Automate, June 6-9, in Detroit; Registration open

Registration for Automate 2022, North America’s leading automation trade show and conference,  is open at The event, scheduled for June 6-9 In Detroit, hosts the industry’s leading manufacturers and system integrators in robotics, machine vision, motion control, artificial intelligence and smart automation.

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