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UK manufacturers installed a record breaking 1,941 robots in 2001 – the largest number of new robots ever installed in the UK in any one year since records began.

Latest research figures from the University of Warwick show that UK manufacturers installed a record breaking 1 941 robots in 2001 – the largest number of new robots ever installed in the UK in any one year since records began in 1978.

The new figures, collated by the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) based at the University of Warwick also estimate that there are now around 13,500 industrial robots working in the UK.

The automotive industry is leading the way, taking almost three-quarters of the total number of new robots, but there has also been notable increase in the food and drink industry due to technological advances in pallet using and packaging robots.