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North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in the second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

A total of 5,556 robots valued at $403.1 million were sold to North American companies, a jump of 14 per cent in units and 28 per cent in dollars over the same quarter in 2011. Orders in the first half of 2012 totaled 10,652 robots valued at $747 million, increases of 20 per cent in units and 29 per cent in dollars over the same period last year.

“Obviously, we’re thrilled about the great results so far this year,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. The strong sales reflect increased demand for robotics in industries such as automotive, plastics and rubber, and metals. However, as the economy slows, it’s not clear that these numbers will remain as strong heading forward.”

Orders for spot welding robots, used primarily in automotive solutions, jumped 68 per cent in the first half of 2012. Other big jumps were seen in coating and dispensing (+42 per cent), arc welding (+20 per cent), and assembly (+19 per cent). Material removal orders, a smaller application area, rose 364 per cent.

Automotive related orders accounted for 65 per cent of units and 64 per cent of dollars in the first half of 2012. This represents sharp gains of 44 per cent in units and 56 per cent in dollars over the opening half of 2011.

“It’s great that the auto related numbers continue to post huge gains, but as we know, automotive industry purchases are cyclical,” Burnstein explains. “However, we were disappointed to see non-automotive related orders fall eight percent in units and one percent in dollars in the first half of the year, with even sharper declines in the second quarter alone.”

Founded in 1974, RIA represents some 265 member companies including leading robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, research groups and consulting firms. RIA’s quarterly statistics report is based on confidential data provided by member companies representing an estimated 90% of the North American market.

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