American companies ordered a record 29,000 robots in the first 9 months of this year as they battled the labor shortage, an industry group says
- Companies ordered a record number of
robotsin the first nine months of 2021, per industry group A3.
- Some businesses are turning to robots to plug gaps in their workforce during the
North American companies ordered a record 29,000 robots in the first nine months of 2021 as they tried to cope with a severe shortage of staff, an industry group said Friday.
The number of orders was 37% higher than for the same nine-month period in 2020, according to data in a press release by Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Sales hit $1.48 billion in the first nine months of this year, up from $1.09 billion for the same period in 2020, A3 said.
This year's robot sales beat the previous record in 2017, when sales hit $1.47 billion, according to A3's data.
Companies in North America ordered nearly 10,000 robots in the third quarter of this year, up 32% on 2020, with sales amounting to $513 million, a rise of 35%, per A3.
Almost two-thirds of sales in the third quarter of 2021 came from non-automotive industries, including food and consumer groups, A3 said.
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