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UK enters the global top 15 for sales of industrial robots

The UK became one of the world’s 15 largest markets for sales of industrial robots last year, after a long absence from the league, according to a new analysis by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The number of industrial robots installed in the UK rose by 2,205 (8%) during 2020 to reach a total of around 23,000 (6% more than in 2019), but the country was still outside the global top 20 in terms of robot density – the number of robots installed per 10,000 industrial workers.

The automotive industry is still by far the largest user of industrial robots in the UK, with sales to this sector rising by 16% to 875 machines during 2020, representing 40% of all industrial robot installations in the UK. Learn more.