According to a research report "Collaborative Robot Market with COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Component, Payload (Up to 5 Kg, 5-10 Kg, and Above 10 Kg), Application (Handling, Processing), Industry (Automotive, Furniture & Equipment), and Region - Global Forecast to 2027" published by MarketsandMarkets, the collaborative robot market is projected to grow from USD 1.2 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 10.5 billion by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 43.4% from 2021 to 2027. Owing to COVID-19, the collaborative robot market had to face headwinds for 2019–2020.
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The high return on investment (ROI) for collaborative robots as compared to traditional industrial robotic system has paved way for their growth in recent years. In addition to this, the benefits derived from adoption of cobots for businesses of all sizes is the key factors driving the collaborative robot market. Many SMEs and large manufacturers that have deployed collaborative robots are benefiting in terms of general competitiveness, increased production, and enhanced quality of their products.
“ Cobots with payload capacity up to 5 kg expected to hold the largest share of the market during the forecast period”
Cobots with payload capacity up to 5 kg are expected to hold the largest share of the collaborative robot market during the forecast period. First-time users prefer low payload capacity cobots, which are cheaper and take up less space than robots with higher payload capacity. These cobots are often already fitted with grippers, reducing the hassle of integration and programming for the end user. Another benefit of these cobots is that they are easily re-deployable and take up minimal space when compared to higher payload cobots. Since most of the up to 5 kg payload capacity cobots are very lightweight, they are inherently safe and do not require force sensors, thereby reducing the hardware costs.
“Handling application to dominate collaborative robot market in 2021”
Handling application is expected to hold the largest share of the collaborative robot market in 2021. The handling application includes various sub-types such as material handling, machine tending as well as bin-picking which are currently booming. Handling tasks such as pick and place or palletizing are among the mundane and repetitive in nature for the human workers. Machine tending requires workers to stand for long hours beside a CNC or injection molding machine. Collaborative robots are able to automate a machine tending process during off hours without any supervision, boosting productivity. Besides, handling application has industry-wide usage in varied industries ranging from the automotive, electronics to furniture & equipment because of which is expected to register a fairly large amount of the market share in 2021.
“Automotive industry to maintain the largest share of collaborative robot market during the forecast period”
The automotive industry is one of the largest users of collaborative robots. In automotive manufacturing, collaborative robots are used for a variety of applications such as handling, welding, assembling and disassembling, welding, dispensing extensively. Amongst these applications, welding has been one of the first and most popular applications of collaborative robots in the automotive industry. Spray painting automation is another popular application in assembly lines, mainly to protect workers from toxic fumes. Cobots provide consistency in paint application and minimize wastages. Machine tending and material removal are a few of the other applications where cobots are used. As majority of the processes involved in automotive manufacturing and assembly are automated, the automotive industry has to employ collaborative robots on a large scale, which makes it the largest demand generator for the adoption of collaborative robots.
“Collaborative robot market in APAC estimated to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period”
The collaborative robot market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. With context to the collaborative robot market, the rising costs of labor in the APAC region have caused the SME industries, in particular, to incline towards industrial adoption by integrating collaborative robots in their manufacturing processes to make the operations more efficient and cost-effective. China is at the forefront in the adoption of collaborative robots owing to the increasing demand of automation given the fact that there is a significant growth in its geriatric population in recent years. Besides, China has a significantly strong presence of automotive and electronic industries. These industries are a major demand generator for the adoption of collaborative robots. China is also aiming to become self-sufficient in the manufacture of collaborative robots. Other APAC countries such as Taiwan and Thailand are also not far behind in terms of adopting automation through the integration of cobots to seek a cost advantage, in the wake of rising labour costs. The automotive and electronics industries from the APAC region are the major demand generators for the adoption of collaborative robots.
Key players in the collaborative robot market include Universal Robots (Denmark), FANUC (Japan), ABB (Switzerland), Techman Robot (Taiwan), KUKA (Germany), Doosan Robotics (South Korea), Denso (Japan), YASKAWA (Japan), Precise Automation (US), Rethink Robotics (US), MABI Robotic (Switzerland), FrankaEmika (Germany), Comau (Italy), F&P Robotics (Switzerland), Stäubli (Switzerland), Bosch Rexroth (Germany), Productive Robotics (US). Apart from these, Wyzo (Switzerland), Neura Robotics (Germany), Elephant Robotics (China), ELITE ROBOT (China), Kassow Robots (Denmark), MIP Robotics (France) are among a few emerging companies in the collaborative robot market.
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