North American Robot Sales Break Record in 2021

The number of robots sold in North America set a new record in 2021, driven by a surge in non-automotive sectors, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). The group said 39,708 units were sold at a value of $2 billion, a 14% increase over the previous record in 2017.  The number of robots sold in 2021 also rose 28% compared with 2020 (31,044 units), the A3 said. For the fourth quarter of 2021, robot sales were up 9% over Q4 2020, with 10,829 units sold. The A3 said the robot sales demonstrated strong momentum already seen through the previous nine months of 2021, as more industries look to automation to help increase productivity and alleviate their ongoing labor shortages.

“More industries recognized that robotics could help reverse productivity declines and fill repetitive jobs human workers don’t want,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “It is no longer a choice whether to deploy robots and automation. It is now an absolute imperative. As we’ve long believed – and users continue to confirm – robots help companies compete, ultimately creating more jobs to handle their growth.”

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