Friday, May 13, 2005

North American Robotics Industry Sees Orders Surge 30%

Echoing the report Sunday from Chinese Manufacturer ABB, Robotics Online reports that the North American robotics industry has seen it's fastest ever first quarter growth.

According to the article:

Material handling, the largest robotics application, posted a 67% gain over the first quarter 2004 results. Arc welding applications jumped 76% and coating/dispensing orders rose 49%.

Automotive manufacturers and suppliers accounted for about 70% of the orders in the first quarter. In non-automotive sectors, strong growth was seen in primary metals industries (+63%) and food & consumer goods (+33%).