Top Industrial Robots Exporters

Multi-use industrial robot

Multi-use industrial robot

Worldwide sales from industrial robots exports by country totaled US$6 billion in 2017.

Overall the value of industrial robots exported in 2017 rose by an average 52.5% for all exporting countries since 2013 when industrial robots shipments were valued at $4 billion. Year over year, exports of industrial robots appreciated by 31% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, Asia generated the highest value in exported industrial robots at $2.9 billion or 48.8% of the global total. Close behind in second place was Europe at 44.6% trailed by industrial robots exporters at 6.3%.

Much smaller percentages came from Oceania (0.11%), Africa (0.05%) and Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (also 0.05%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 847950 for industrial robots used for multiple purposes.

Top Industrial Robots Exporters

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of industrial robots during 2017.

  1. Japan: US$2.2 billion (36.6% of total industrial robots exports)
  2. Germany: $858.5 million (14.2%)
  3. Italy: $392.5 million (6.5%)
  4. France: $332.8 million (5.5%)
  5. United States: $303.3 million (5%)
  6. China: $207.9 million (3.4%)
  7. South Korea: $198.7 million (3.3%)
  8. Denmark: $185.3 million (3.1%)
  9. Austria: $184.1 million (3%)
  10. Taiwan: $166.6 million (2.8%)
  11. Sweden: $153.7 million (2.5%)
  12. Luxembourg: $100.6 million (1.7%)
  13. Netherlands: $93.6 million (1.6%)
  14. United Kingdom: $72.6 million (1.2%)
  15. Canada: $71 million (1.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 91.6% of global industrial robots exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing industrial robots exporters since 2013 were: Luxembourg (up 926.1%), Denmark (up 446.5%), United Kingdom (up 124.3%) and France (up 97.2%).

Only one top exporter posted a decline in its international sales of industrial robots, namely the Netherlands via its -27.5%.

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for industrial robots during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s exported industrial robots and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Japan: US$2.2 billion (net export surplus up 76.8% since 2013)
  2. Germany: $380.7 million (up 7.7%)
  3. France: $213.5 million (up 275.2%)
  4. Italy: $199 million (up 48%)
  5. Denmark: $149.1 million (up 1,623%)
  6. Sweden: $110.6 million (down -9.4%)
  7. Austria: $101.6 million (up 20.5%)
  8. Finland: $39.4 million (up 1463.7%)
  9. Taiwan: $36.6 million (up 303.8%)
  10. Luxembourg: $30.6 million (up 1,493%)
  11. Israel: $20.8 million (up 240.2%)
  12. Netherlands: $13 million (up 69.5%)
  13. Hong Kong: $5.3 million (down -34.1%)
  14. Croatia: $5.1 million (reversing a -$752,000 deficit)
  15. Malta: $2.7 million (reversing a -$350,000 deficit)

Japan has the highest surplus in the international trade of industrial robots. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Japan’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for industrial robots during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s import purchases of industrial robots and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. China: -US$1.1 billion (net export deficit up 99.3% since 2013)
  2. Mexico: -$199.8 million (up 96.2%)
  3. United States: -$133.3 million (up 314.8%)
  4. Czech Republic: -$109 million (up 128%)
  5. Turkey: -$75.8 million (down -37.8%)
  6. India: -$70.8 million (down -11.8%)
  7. Malaysia: -$70.3 million (up 65.1%)
  8. Brazil: -$66.8 million (down -47.2%)
  9. Poland: -$57.6 million (up 68.3%)
  10. Vietnam: -$54.6 million (up 124%)
  11. Thailand: -$43.5 million (up 1.5%)
  12. Slovakia: -$41.3 million (up 165.8%)
  13. Belgium: -$32.2 million (down -35.6%)
  14. Portugal: -$30.6 million (up 76.3%)
  15. South Africa: -$28 million (down -56.7%)

China incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of industrial robots. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights China’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for industrial robots-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Companies

Top Robotics Exporting Companies

According to PlantAutomation-Technology.com, the following businesses comprise the world’s top industrial robotics companies.

  • ABB Group (Switzerland)
  • Adept Technology Inc (United States)
  • Apex Automation and Robotics (Australia)
  • Aurotek Corp (Taiwan)
  • Fanuc Corp (Japan)
  • Kawasaki Robotics Inc (Japan)
  • Mitsubishi (Japan)
  • Rockwell Automation Inc (United States)
  • Stäubli (Switzerland)
  • Yaskawa Electric Corp (Japan)


 



 

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Research Sources:
PlantAutomation-Technology.com, Top Industrial Robotics Companies. Accessed on June 6, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 6, 2018

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on June 6, 2018