China has become an important manufacturing base and consumer market for robots around the world, according to discussions at the 2019 China Robot Industry Development Conference, which opened in Chongqing on Dec 9.
The conference, hosted by the China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), was first held in 2012.
"China's robotics industry has grown by leaps and bounds, especially during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period," said Luo Junjie, deputy director of the equipment industry department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The number of industrial robots installed in China in 2018 has amounted to about 154,000, exceeding the total number of those in Europe and America. The number also accounted for more than one third of the total number all over the world, ranking first globally for six consecutive years.
The density of industrial robots has also been increased to 140 per 10,000 people in 2018, being about three times of that in 2015.
The sales growth of global industrial robots saw a decline of 25 percentage points in 2018 yet, Song Xiaogang, executive director of CIRA, said that the future of industrial robots is still prosperous.
Luo noted that industrial robots have been integrating with emerging technologies like big data, artificial intelligence, and 5G to boost the development of the industry.
"The demands from the market of emerging subdivisions have forced innovation in the robotics industry," said Song.
Song noted that companies managing industrial robots should devote efforts to expanding their markets in different subdivided fields and different application scenarios, as well as the research and development of the new generation of robots.