Worldwide Operational Stock of Industrial Robots

Proof Point

Installed industrial robots worldwide forecasted by IFR to grow nearly twice as fast at 16% annually between 2017 and 2020, compared to 8% increase between 2008 and 2017

Worldwide Operational Stock of Industrial Robots

2008 – 2021F (millions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Industrial Robots Operational Stock – Defined as number of industrial robots installed
  • Double Speed Growth – Expected to grow twice as fast, from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.8 million by 2021, annual growth of 15.91%, compared to 8.12% CAGR from 2008 to 2017, as reported by International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
  • Asia Lead – Future operational stock growth will come mostly from Asian region, which is expected to grow 20% annually until 2021
  • Robot Density – Europe continues to have highest robot density with 106 units per 10,000 manufacturing employees in 2017, followed by America (North and Latin America) with 91 units, and Asia with 75
  • South Korea Lead – South Korea continues to lead robot density globally, having eight times more than global average despite decrease in robot supplies in 2017
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include modernizing manufacturing facilities, expansion of robots to new industries, need for energy-efficient manufacturing, increases in productivity, improvement in work quality, and flexible work processes



Industrial Manufacturing, Information Technology, Transportation and Logistics


Operations, Manufacturing and Production, Supply Chain and Logistics


Date Last Updated

March 4, 2019

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