Global Robotics Race: Germany Among the Top 3

Driven by the high volume of industrial robot installations, the world hit a new record of 3.9 million operational robots in 2022. Korea, Singapore and Germany are in the lead.

The use of industrial robots is increasing worldwide. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), based in Frankfurt am Main, the current stock of around 3.9 million units has reached a new record level. Consequently, the so-called robot density, which is the number of installed robots relative to the number of employees, has also risen. The global average robot density hit an all-time high of 151 robots per 10,000 employees, more than double the number measured six years ago.

As expected, Asian countries are at the forefront in the use of industrial robots, but Germany is also among the world leaders. After South Korea with 1012 robots per 10,000 employees and Singapore with 730 units, Germany follows with 415 installations in third place, followed by Japan (397), China (392), and Sweden (343). The USA, with 285 industrial robots per 10,000 employees, rank a distant 10th. The figures come from the IFR's World Robotics Report 2023.

"Robot density data reveal the state of automation worldwide and allow us to compare regions and countries", says Marina Bill, President of the International Federation of Robotics. The numbers also reflect the slow but steady change in the German industry. According to the IFR's data, the robot density in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has grown by 5% CAGR since 2017.

Caption: KOCH Robotics is a specialist in individual automation solutions, located in Dernbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, district of Neuwied. The company works closely together with KUKA and ABB. (Picture: KOCH Solutions)

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