AMR surpasses AGV as top-selling material handling robot at home in 2023

Amid a slowing domestic economy, China's material handling robots have largely bucked the trend, showing their resilience and potential in the manufacturing, warehousing and logistics sectors.

The sales volume of autonomous mobile robot (AMR) in China throughout 2023 totaled around 49,000 units, up a staggering 60.13% year on year, according to a research report.

The report, entitled AMR Industry Development Bluebook 2023, said AMR as a category of material handling robots has been growing rapidly in the overall product mix.

Mobile Robot and AGV/AMR Industry Alliance, a mobile robot association in China, compiled this report based on a survey of more than 120 mobile robot developers and hundreds of supply chain firms at home and abroad in 2022 and 2023.

According to its findings, AMR has overtaken automated guided vehicle (AGV), which relies on QR code for in-factory navigation, as the largest segment of industrial mobile robots by shipment.

Industrial mobile robots consist of AMR, AGV, driverless forklift and so on.

The alliance forecasts the percentage of AMR to top 50% in the domestic industrial mobile robot market over the next two years, consolidating its domination.

Amid a slowing domestic economy, China’s material handling robots have largely bucked the trend, showing their resilience and potential in the manufacturing, warehousing and logistics sectors.

The same alliance issued another report in August this year, indicating that China’s AMR and AGV sales revenue hit 11 billion yuan int he first half of this year, representing an increase of 23.6% over a year earlier.

Combined sales also jumped 39.8% to 63,000 units during the same period, according to statistics.

In addition to AMR sales numbers, the alliance is scheduled to reveal more data about the country’s material handling robotics at an industry conference in Dongguan of southern Guangdong Province on December 12-14.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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