Global spending on robotics, drones to hit $128.7bn

Global spending on robotics, drones to hit $128.7bn

Femi Asu Worldwide spending on robotics systems and drones will increase by 17.1 per cent to reach $128.7bn in 2020, according to a new report by the International Data Corporation. The IDC, in its ‘Worldwide Robotics and Drones Spending Guide,’ forecast that the spending would reach $241.4bn by 2023 with a compound annual growth rate

Femi Asu

Worldwide spending on robotics systems and drones will increase by 17.1 per cent to reach $128.7bn in 2020, according to a new report by the International Data Corporation.

The IDC, in its ‘Worldwide Robotics and Drones Spending Guide,’ forecast that the spending would reach $241.4bn by 2023 with a compound annual growth rate of 19.8 per cent.

It said robotics systems would be the larger of the two categories throughout the five-year forecast period with worldwide robotics spending forecast to be $112.4bn in 2020.

The corporation said, “Spending on drones will total $16.3bn in 2020 but is forecast to grow at a faster rate (33.3 per cent CAGR) than robotics systems (17.8 per cent CAGR).

“Hardware purchases will dominate the robotics market with 60 per cent of all spending going toward robotic systems, after-market robotics hardware, and system hardware.”

It said purchases of industrial robots and service robots would total more than $30bn in 2020.

“Meanwhile, robotics-related software spending will mostly go toward purchases of command and control applications and robotics-specific applications,” the IDC said.

It said services spending would be spread across several segments, including systems integration, application management, and hardware deployment and support.

According to the report, services’ spending is forecast to grow at a slightly faster rate (21.3 per cent CAGR) than software or hardware spending (21.2 per cent CAGR and 15.5 per cent CAGR, respectively).

The Research Director, Worldwide Robotics: Commercial Service Robots, Remy Glaisner, said, “Software developments are among the most important trends currently shaping the robotics industry. Solution providers are progressively integrating additional software-based, often cloud-based, functionalities into robotics systems.

“An operational-centric example is an asset management application to monitor the robotic equipment performance in real-time. It aligns solutions with current expectations for modern operational technology at large and plays in facilitated adoption by operations leaders.”

According to him, equally important is the early trend driven by burgeoning ‘software-defined’ capabilities for robotics and drone solutions.

“The purpose is to enable systems beyond some of the limitations imposed by hardware and to open up entirely new sets of commercially viable use-cases,” Glaisner added.

 

The IDC said China would be the largest region for drones and robotics systems with overall spending of $46.9bn in 2020.

It said Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and China) would be the second largest region with $25.1bn in spending, followed by the United States ($17.5bn) and Western Europe ($14.4bn).

The corporation said, “China will also be the leading region for robotics systems with $43.4bn in spending this year. The United States will be the largest region for drones in 2020 with spending of nearly $5.7bn.

“The fastest spending growth for robotics systems will be in the Middle East & Africa which will see a five-year CAGR of 24.9 per cent. China will follow closely with a CAGR of 23.5 per cent. The fastest growth in drone spending will be in Asia/Pacific with a five-year CAGR of 78.5 per cent, and Japan (63 per cent CAGR).”

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