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Francesco Ferro Ifr

Providing Statistics to Explain the Advance of Robotics

Francesco Ferro is the Chairman of the IFR Service Robot Group. In the following article, he analyses the robotics market, both in the world and in Spain.

ROBOTICS MARKET

By Francesco Ferro
Chairman of the IFR Service Robot Group

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) cooperates with national and international robotics organisations with the aim of addressing societal challenges and creating a better life for all. The main activities of the IFR include: providing robotics industry statistics – the IFR Statistical Department provides the annual, worldwide, and unique study on industrial and service robots, being the voice of the robotics industry, and providing policy support.

The IFR offers regular meetings to provide the opportunity for communications and networking and has Working Groups to perform sector and industry-specific tasks related to robotics. Any industry association member, robot supplier member or R&D institute member may become a member of a Working Group and each Working Group reports to the Executive Board on its activities once per year.

The IFR Service Robot Group’s main focus is on statistics & market development. In 2022 I was elected as Chair of the Service Robot Group – my role includes helping the IFR work towards their activities in a number of ways. Firstly, by contributing to the annual robotics industry statistics from a company perspective at PAL Robotics. As a voice within the robotics industry, I take part in events, conferences, and networking activities to promote service robotics, explaining the positive benefits of robots for productivity, competitiveness, economic growth, and quality of work and life. I also provide policy support via advocacy on policies supporting the adoption of robotics, and support to national associations in Spain by providing talking points and positioning papers.

Together with the team at PAL Robotics, I take part in international conferences and trade fairs worldwide such as:

  • Automatica: leading yearly exhibition for smart automation and robotics – here IFR had a Service Robot Group meeting.
  • ERF: key annual meeting for the European robotics community, this year in Odense (Denmark) and next year in Rimini (Italy).
  • ICRA: the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, this year in London (UK) and next year in Yokohama (Japan).
  • IROS: the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, this year in Detroit (USA), next year in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
  • RosCon: the conference for ROS developers to learn and network from each other.
  • IREX: in Tokyo (Japan) where we will have the next Service Robot Group Meeting for IFR.
  • Humanoids: an annual forum for researchers in humanoid robots, this year in Austin (USA), next year in Nancy (France).

And in Barcelona: Mobile World Congress, one of the largest and most influential annual events for the connectivity ecosystem; Smart City Expo World Congress, an influential global event on urban innovation discussing the future of cities, and Advanced Factories, one of Europe’s largest annual congresses on industrial innovation.

We have also formed a collaborative group within AER in order to maximise the impact of service robotics in Spain. Working together is essential – developing successful service robots for widespread roll-out that will make a difference regarding some of the major challenges we face in society is not the work of a single person or of a single company. It’s essential that we continue to collaborate to develop better and better solutions for real-world applications.

Moreover, the IFR Statistical Department provides statistical reports each year based on consolidated world data reported by robot suppliers as well as on the statistics and support of national robotics associations, this includes the AER for Spain. These reports are ‘World Robotics – Industrial Robots’ and ‘World Robotics – Service Robots.’

“The number of companies specialising in mobile robotics in Spain has increased markedly in the past ten years. There is a considerable number of mobile robots that are developed and manufactured locally”

In terms of robotics trends from the 2022 IFR World Robotics – Service Robots report – we see some figures of particular interest. The sale of robots for transportation and logistics has risen by 40% to over 86,000 units, and the sale of robots for hospitality has risen by 50% to 24,500 units. Looking at the Spanish market we can confirm the importance of these trends on a national level, with an almost 80% increase in the sales of service robotics for transport & logistics and an increase of just over 20% in service robotics for hospitality, cleaning & others.

We are confident of a future where robots are not constrained to industrial environments and are able to help us in our daily tasks. Within both the IFR Service Robot Group and PAL Robotics – we are doing our best in order to collaborate with the key players in service robotics, both nationally and internationally to continue to develop real use cases for different domains. Watch this space!

Spanish Influence in Mobile and Social Robot Manufacturing

More generally, mobile robotics has experienced significant growth in Europe over the last decade, and at a national level, Spain stands out as one of the leading countries in this field. According to the 2022 Robot Market Report for Spain, conducted by HowToRobot in collaboration with Gain & Co and AER Automation, the number of companies specialising in mobile robotics in Spain has increased markedly in the past ten years.

The report, based on 2022 robot market data, reveals that between 2012 and 2022, the number of new companies dedicated to automation in logistics applications, especially through mobile robots, has grown by 45% in Spain. This increase is noteworthy when compared to the 31% growth in the total number of robot and automation providers and manufacturers during the same period. The report identified a total of 384 robotics and automation providers in Spain, with the vast majority (65%) being integrators and 11% being robot manufacturers. Although many industrial robots in Spain are imported, there is a considerable number of mobile robots that are developed and manufactured locally.

“The implementation of robots in the Spanish economy still has room to grow. Approximately 50% of the robots in Spain are used in the automotive industry, indicating significant potential for robotics expansion into other sectors

According to the 2022 report from the IFR, Spain ranks as the fourth European country with the most industrial robotics installations and is fourteenth in terms of factory task automation. These figures confirm that the Spanish industrial sector is a leader in the application of robotic engineering. Despite these advancements, the implementation of robots in the Spanish economy still has room to grow. Approximately 50% of the robots in Spain are used in the automotive industry, indicating significant potential for robotics expansion into other sectors.

Overall, the report reveals exponential growth in the number of companies specialising in mobile robotics in Spain over the past decade. This positions Spain as a prominent player in the robotics industry, nationally and internationally.

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