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April 2013

The positive impact of industrial robots on employment

At Automation GT we’ve been interested in a study carried out for the International Federation of Robots (IFR) that predicts that industrial robots will create more than two million jobs over the next eight years. The IFR is an association formed by robotics organisations across the world.

The study predicted that the use of robots in product development and the possibilities created by the current industry expansion will produce jobs downstream.

IFR General Secretary Gudrun Litzenberger believes that “it is a matter of fact that productivity and competiveness are indispensable for a manufacturing enterprise to be successful on the global market. Robotics and automation are the solution.” Many innovative American companies have already invested in an automated system which allows them to reallocate job roles while improving productivity and gaining in quality control.

Growth with robots has gained momentum in recent years. In 2012, 160,000 industrial robots were sold, in spite of the weak global economy. This figure nearly matched 2011 – a record year for the North American robotics market – when 166,028 units were sold. The technology has the potential to benefit manufacturers across the board. According to Arturo Baroncelli, IFR Vice President, “Investments in robots always generate sound practical returns both at economic and technical levels. Robotized automation is a key strategic factor to enhance competitiveness both for the big, medium and small enterprises.”

Estimates reveal that 3 to 5 roles will be created for every robot in service. We’re excited to witness the effect that industrial robots will have on the US economy over the next decade.


Read the study carried out by Metra Martech on behalf of the IFR.

Read the thoughts of robot suppliers across the globe at