A record 8.5 billion yuan (US$1.16 billion) worth of robotic products were transacted at the 2023 World Robot Conference that ended on August 21 in Beijing.
The conference, which ran from August 16 to 21, brought together 320 experts, attracted 159 exhibitors and drew around 200,000 visitors, Su Guobin, deputy director of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.
Humanoid robots have been a highlight at the conference this year, with a number of companies showcasing their humanoid models, including Xiaomi, UBTech (优必选), CloudMinds (达闼科技), Dreametech (追觅科技) and Unitree (宇树科技).
China also set up a “100-men club” comprising top scholars, industry practitioners and entrepreneurs from a humanoid background during the conference.
“At this year’s conference, we’ve seen that the fundamental robotic industry has enjoyed a window of opportunity to achieve iteration and leapfrog-style development,” Su Liang, deputy secretary-general concurrently of Chinese Institute of Electronics and World Robot Conference.
About a dozen humanoid robots made their appearance in front of visitors, and panel discussions on humanoids were the most-attended, he added.
Since its inception in 2015, the World Robot Conference has been held eight times. The event has connected with more than 1,000 leading robot companies. To date, 800 firms from 17 countries have put 3,000-plus products on display at the tech extravaganza.