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Industry report robotics and automation 2008 to 2015

Robotics and automation – growth sector in the machinery industry for higher efficiency

The sector Robotics and automation covers the four product segments industrial robots, assembling machines, assembly automats and assembly lines. The fifth product segment, manipulating devices, is incompletely presented in the official production statistics1, therefore it is excluded here.

Robotics and automation as dynamic growth sector in the German machinery industry

May 30th, 2016 - How the sector’s production and sales developed compared to the entire machinery industry since the beginning of the world economic crisis 2008 until first half-year 2015, indicates the following chart quite bluntly. The starting point is equally set to 100 for 2008. So the sector robotics and automation represents itself in its entire dynamics.

The value of the machines1 increased by 50%, the production by 46% from 2008 to 2015. The machinery industry, however, is still fighting against stagnation as result of the world economic crisis.

Production and value of the sector robotics and automation from 2008 to 2015.

The diagram also shows that the value of the in robotics and automation has been rising more strongly than its production, i.e. machines becoming more value-added due to more functions and higher performance. A development that also occurs with packaging machines and rubber and plastics machines.

The indices are, of course, based on real values. The value of the machines in the four product segments adds up on €4.66bn for over 63,000 machines in 2015.

The product segments of robotics and automation and their shares at production and value

The four product segments are coining the sector to a different extent. 27,500 items of industrial robots constitute 44% of the total number of items of the sector while their proportional value is relatively low with 20% and a value of €938m.

Production and value of robotics and automation 2015.

The 6,100 assembly lines indicate the lowest share of the pieces volume with 10% but the highest proportional value with 35% and a volume of €1.6bn.

Assembly lines and assembly automats showing rising while industrial robots and assembling machines falling average values

Combining the items of production and their value, we obtain the average value per machine in euros. This feature indicates how strongly a machine is positioned in the market.

Machines for assembly automation are rising in their average values: Assembly automats by 18% to €102,604 (2015) and assembly lines by 38% to €263,196.

Average value per machine in euro in robotics and automation from 2008 to 2015.

So machines for assembly automation integrate more and more functions and increase their performance. This development is obviously occurring at the expense of the assembling machines’ functionality. The average value of assembling machines drops by a tenth to €52,103.

Industrial robots do not show a trend to higher added-value. Their average value decreases by 10% to €34,044. Among the reasons there are in-house solutions of robots by those machine-builders that use robots in larger numbers of items.


Robotics and automation is one of the dynamic growth sectors in the German machinery industry. It belongs to the drivers for higher efficiency. For this purpose the market mainly implements assembly automats and assembly lines. So assembly automation is the focus for higher efficiency while industrial robots as purchased robots are showing a relative weaker position. This picture would modify itself, if the official statistics would consider in-house solutions of robots by the machine-builders.


1 The official statistics determines value as production, evaluated to selling prices without value added tax. So the difference to the turnover lies mainly in changes of inventories, i.e. value may be understood as turnover with good approximation.

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