Industrial robot output down 13.3% to 34,274 units amid dwindling demand

Nonetheless, the oversupply of industrial robots from manufacturers in China suggests a possible slowdown in the expansion of the industry in the second half of this year.

Industrial robot production totaled 34,274 units in July, down 13.3% year on year, signaling a contraction in industrial demand for automation equipment amid a faltering economy.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, in the first seven months ended July 31, the country produced 256,260 industrial robots, an increase of 3.8% over a year earlier.

In the second quarter of this year, industrial robot output advanced 2.55% over last year to 118,232 units, although the overall economy is still reeling from the coronavirus disruptions, statistics show.

Also in the second quarter, 76,925 industrial robots were sold, rocketing 10.25% from the same period last year, says GGII, a robot and automation-focused think tank.

Nonetheless, the oversupply of industrial robots from manufacturers in China suggests a possible slowdown in the expansion of the industry in the second half of this year.

cnrobopedia reported earlier that major foreign brands have continued their strong growth in the mainland Chinese market in H1.

Fanuc generated 63.9 billion yen, or US$450 million, from the sales of robots, up 45.23%.

Yaskawa, another Japanese rival considered one of the “Big Four” industrial robot makers, raked in 35.64 billion yen, or US$250 million, up 47.92%, in the six months from December 2022 to May 2023.

ABB, for its part, reported revenue of US$475 million from its robot business in the six months ended June 30, jumping 24.35% over the previous year.

On the other hand, all three players have recorded year-on-year decreases in order amount for their global robot businesses.

GGII predicted that the order amount will continue to fall in the second half of this year worlwide.

The research institute attributed the fluctuation in demand-supply relationship to temporary hiccups in production capacity.

In light of officials statistics, new energy vehicle, photovoltaic and other industries have witnessed exponential growth in recent months.

As upstream suppliers, industrial robot developers are expected to continue to benefit from the boom of these sectors, GGII predicted.

It also forecast the sales of industrial robot in China to hit 333,000 units throughout the year, up 9.90% year on year, in 2023.

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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, 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

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