BARA announces growth in UK robot sales

A robot sales comparison report carried out by BARA, the British Automation and Robotics Association, shows that, in the first two quarters of 2010, UK robot sales have substantially grown by 55 per cent on 2009 figures.

The report shows that there have been some major changes in the sectors buying robots and applications for which they are being used.

In 2010, when compared to 2006, sales of robots to automotive component suppliers showed a 66 per cent fall, which has in turn reduced sales of robots for arc-welding applications by 82 per cent.

The report identifies two large growth areas: food and drink − a 172 per cent growth since 2006 − and pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare − a 194 per cent growth since 2006.