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UK Manufacturers Buy Largest Number of Robots Since Records Began in 1978

Dr Ken Young
Dr Ken Young

Originally Published 22 April 2002

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.

This runs counter to much of the doom and gloom about UK manufacturing and shows that companies who are not afraid to use the latest manufacturing technologies still see the UK as a viable base for manufacturing.

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.

UK annual Robot Installation figures
UK annual Robot Installation figures
Version Installation figures split between the Automotive Industry and Others
Installation figures split between the
Automotive Industry and Others
Installation patterns by industry sector
Installation patterns by industry sector

For further details contact:

Dr Ken Young, BARA, University of Warwick

on 024 76 522764 mobile 0777 5534345

Email: K.W.young@warwick.ac.uk

Rebecca Dale 024 76 573742

R.Dale@Warwick.ac.uk

University of Warwick

Note for Editors:

Film Opportunity BARA will be at the Automation and Robotics show starting April at the NEC on 29th April .The show features a large demonstration of the latest industrial robots performing novel applications, many of which have not been previously seen in the UK. Further details on these figures and that event are available via the BARA website at www.bara.org.uk.