And China is taking the lead in automation, installing 110,000 of 380,000 robot systems built globally in 2017, taking China's total to 451,000, or c.20% globally (1).
As Geoffrey points out "China installs more robots than any other country […] each year, and this proportion is only growing"
"If you go to a factory in China today and compare it to twenty years ago, it's totally different: the factories look very similar to ones in Germany, Japan, Korea, with fewer workers and many more robots. This is the future of manufacturing in China."
And potential growth for automation in China is huge. Robot penetration in China is low, with 97 robots per 10,000 workers, compared with 658 in Singapore and 710 in South Korea, according to the International Federation of Robotics (1).