Global Sales of Professional Service Robots by Application

Proof Point

Global sales of professional service robots forecasted by IFR to have reached 163,000 units in 2018, increasing 68% annually from 58,000 in 2016

Global Sales of Professional Service Robots by Application

2016 – 2018F (thousand units)

Note: Data may not add up due to rounding off. Logistics robots automate transportation of goods, both inside and outside of warehouse; defense robots are deployed by military in combat scenarios; public relation robots interact with customers; field robots are non-factory mobile robots operating in dynamic, unstructured environments; exoskeleton robots are used to mimic or enhance natural movements of humans; medical robots are used in and out of hospital settings for patient care; and construction robots are used in the construction of new buildings

Proof Point Findings

  • Professional Service Robots – Robots performing tasks for humans with partial or full autonomy, excluding industrial automation applications
  • Robot Sales Growth – Professional service robots sales expected to have increased 68% annually from 58,000 in 2016 to 163,000 in 2018, according to International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
  • Logistics Growth – Logistics found as most sold professional robot and is expected to grow more than double between 2016 and 2018, highest growth across all applications
  • Increasing PR – Public relations robot sales forecasted to increase 54% yearly from 2016 to 15,900 units (10%) in 2018, overtaking defense in rank
  • Professional Robot Forecast – Around 736,600 units expected to be sold between 2019 and 2021, with total value of $37 billion
  • Key Drivers – Include rapidly growing service industry, rising shortage of skilled labor, increasing government support for labor automation, and accelerating developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive computing, as well as growing company focus on cost reduction and outperforming competitors


Business Model and Practices

Business Model
and Practices


Accommodation and Travel, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Healthcare/Health Sciences, Information Technology, Military and Security, Real Estate and Construction, Wholesale and Retail Trade


Date Last Updated

February 25, 2019

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