The development of China's robot industry is showing new features that accelerate the transition to the mid-to-high end. On the one hand, industrial robots exceeded 130,000 units last year, becoming the world's largest application market for five consecutive years; on the other hand, capital and entrepreneurs are gradually returning to rationality, and the growth rate of coperate registration has declined for the first time. At the same time, the current industrial development is undergoing a tough stage from quantitative expansion to high-quality development, and a set of industry standards and guiding norms are also being accelerated.
In recent years, China's robot industry has developed rapidly. In 2017, the global robot market reached US$23.2 billion, and the Chinese market was approximately US$6.28 billion in the same period. The average growth rate of the global market from 2012 to 2017 was about 17%, and the average growth rate of the Chinese market reached 28% during the same period. China's industrial robots have exceeded 130,000 units last year, becoming the world's largest application market for five consecutive years, accounting for more than a quater of global industrial robot market. The potential demand of service robot is huge; the application scenarios of special robots are significantly expanded; core spare parts made in China are accelerating; innovative enterprises are emerging in large numbers; some technologies can form large-scale products and have obvious advantages in certain fields.
"At present, the application range of the robot industry has expanded to many fields such as agriculture and electric power, besides the enthusiam of the capital market for robots continues to rise, and the development of robots has entered the 'golden age'. It is estimated that by 2020, the scale of China's robot industry will exceed 60 billion yuan" released by CCID Consulting's Least Intelligent Manufacturing Industry Research Center on Robot Industry Develpoment
However, China's robot industry is also chracterized by regional imbalances. According to the report, there werre more than 6,500 robot-related enterprises in the country till the end of last year, and the concentrated areas are mainly in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River and Delta region.
In general, robots can be roughly divided into three categories: industrial robots, special robots, and service robots. At present, these three types of robots in China have their own characteristics and many highlights. Taking industrial robots as an example, China is the largest country in industrial robot applications. Therefore, the largest robot manufacturers in the world have set up factories in China, even the head factories. For service robots, China's market size in 2016 only reached 1.03 billion US dollars. However, with the accelerated population aging and the continued strong demand for medical and educational services, China's service robots have a huge market.