North America robot sales rise in 2022

Strong demand for North American robotic sales in 2022 from car makers helped drive robotics sales more than 10% in 2022.

By International Federation of Robotics (IFR) May 31, 2023
International Federation of Robotics (IFR) presents preliminary results for North America. Courtesy: IFR

Robotics insights

  • Total robotics installations in manufacturing rose more than 10% in 2022 with the automotive industry being the main driver.
  • Non-automotive industries were led by electrical/electronics, which posted almost 30% growth.

The North American robotics market showed strong growth: Total installations in manufacturing rose by 12% and reached 41,624 units in 2022. The number one adopter is the automotive industry: companies based in the US, Canada and Mexico installed 20,391 industrial robots – up 30% compared to 2021. These are preliminary results, presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

“North America represents the second largest operational stock of industrial robots in the world after China,” said Marina Bill, president of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). “The United States, Canada and Mexico are key markets in the global growth of robotics automation, and the automotive sector is leading the way.”

Cyclical demand from automotive

In the United States, demand from car makers and manufacturers of components rose by 48% in 2022. Installations thus display the cyclical demand pattern well-known from this customer segment. After a few years of contraction, down from the peak level of 15,397 units in 2017 to 9,854 units in 2021, installations surged to 14,594 units in 2022.

Installation counts in Canada largely depend on investments of the automotive industry that accounts for 40% of robot installations. Sales to automotive declined by 36% with 1,258 units installed in 2022. This is below the pre-pandemic level of 1,897 units in 2019. The robot installations to manufacture parts and accessories for motor vehicles were significantly down by 45% with 995 units sold. Motor vehicles, engines and bodies on the other hand grew by 99% with 263 units sold.

Robot installations in Mexico are also determined by the automotive industry that accounted for 66% of the robot installations in 2022: Sales grew by 16% and reached 4,222 units in 2022 — the second best result since the peak level of 4,805 units in record year 2017.

Non-automotive robot sales results

Installation counts in other industries exceeding the 4,000-unit mark in North America are: Electrical/electronics (+28%), metal and machinery (-9%), and plastic and chemical products (-4%). They each represent a 9% market share of industrial robot installations in 2022.

– Edited from an IFR press release by CFE Media and Technology.